New Fayette school sup’t. rolls out 90-day plan

Jody Barrow (R) takes the oath of office as superintendent of Fayette County schools June 11. Fayette County Probate Judge Ann Jackson administers the oath. Photo/Ben Nelms.

Incoming Superintendent Jody Barrow gave the Fayette County Board of Education a look at his plans for his first 90 days that begin July 1.

Barrow on June 11 told school board members that prior to July 1 he has already received a significant amount of school system data from various departments and has begun reviewing school board policies and procedures. Barrow also conducted a stakeholder survey that has been posted on the school system’s website for the past several weeks and has begun a review of the 2013-2014 budget.

“I considered good common sense on what I need to do to transition in as superintendent,” Barrow said, thanking interim Superintendent Dan Colwell for his “indispensable help.”

Barrow was sworn-in at the June 11 called meeting.

Barrow said during the first 30-day period he plans to meet with all administrators and central office staff and will meet with elected officials and community and civic organizations around the county. Barrow is planning to conduct a leadership retreat with the school board to establish priorities and a vision for the future. Barrow added that he has already met with the various local government administrators.

Other areas to be addressed during the first 30 days include reviewing the current facilities and visiting all schools and system facilities to assess their current condition. Barrow said he will also oversee the successful transition of the schools that will close later this month.

Barrow said the first 30 days will also include reviewing the accreditation report and studying past recommendations to insure preparation for the future.

During his second 30 days, Barrow said he will continue to get to know staff by name and will begin meeting teachers and school system personnel. Barrow said he will also meet with school councils and parent-affiliated groups. He will conduct individual meetings with all central office and administrative staff to review individual and collective goals for development and achievement.

Rounding out the final portion of the 90-day period, Barrow will attend at least one event of every fall sport, will begin attending the large number of other school functions and will attend various community activities. Barrow also plans to establish parent, teacher and student advisory boards which will meet quarterly.

Finally, Barrow will conduct a self-evaluation of his performance during the first 90 days and asked the school board to provide feedback on his performance.

“My goal is not to re-invent the wheel,” Barrow told the board. “I don’t want to be the best school system in the state or region. I think we can be one of the best globally.”

The Chamber Meeting Place at the Fayette Chamber of Commerce was overflowing Monday with chamber members and elected officials on hand for the 15th Annual Appreciation Dinner. Among those present in Fayetteville were (facing camera, L-R) incoming Fayette County School Superintendent Jody Barrow, and outgoing interim Superintendent Dan Colwell. Photo/Ben Nelms.

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Teacher Pay, etc.

I'm glad some of you find the humor in not paying for services rendered to students in this county. As a teacher, I bust my tail each and every day well before school starts and well after it ends. I put in time at home to be prepared for what I will teach and/or encounter each day at school, and I don't understand those of you that take lightly what we must do each day to work with/teach your kids. It seems as though many of you think that we don't work hard, that our job is easy. I have to admit that I don't "work" for my paycheck, I actually LOVE what I do, but at the same time I would like to be paid equitably for what I do. I also would like to feel that individuals "out in the world" think that what we do actually matters! Unfortunately, there are teachers out there that don't work as hard as they should. However, more often than not, teachers in this county work harder than anyone you could imagine to make a difference in their students' lives. Please remember this when you post comments that elude to the fact that we are getting what we deserve. If you were in our shoes, I'm sure you would feel much the same way.

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Leadership Retreat

With all the talk of teachers, bus drivers, custodians, cooks all deserving more money, I surely hope the new boss's retreat is a little less expensive that those participated in by the IRS.

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To improve school system

To Improve the school system you will have to find a way to increase teacher pay. They(the powers that be) continue to increase demand while lowering pay. It does not do much for teacher morale. No teacher expects to get wealthy from their job, but they too have families to care for.

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Please explain

We all work for money, and I agree most teachers don't expect to get rich. I also wish we could pay more.

But I have an issue if you think a raise will result in utopia. There will always be the whiners that are never satisfied. The economy sank and FC made some poor decisions and tried to weather the storm keeping staff when some should have been non-tendered contracts for years. FC is not alone with this problem.

Count your blessings. Everyone, myself included took pay cuts to survive.

I have 2 kids in the schools, one with special needs, and many friends who are teachers. I have yet to find any that still don't give 100% effort.

Show me where paying more will result in better quality.

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To quote Don Mclean....the more you pay, the more it's worth. Actually, you are right on with your response, and a lot have already left for higher paying counties (or have otherwise moved on). It will be an interesting year or two. Hopefully we will be able to maintain our status (and our prop values).

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They do deserve more - I will not argue that

I would love to pay every teachers, bus driver, cafeteria person more. But we can't because we (citizens) didn't throw a fit 3+ years ago when deeper cuts should have started, but we also kept many employed who should have been laid off.

Could you imagine how much better the food would taste if we paid more to everyone?, lol

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Paying Teachers More

I thought theState salary table was fixed--all the County can do is change the County Supplement.

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I thought theState salary table was fixed--all the County can do is change the County Supplement.

You are correct. But if I'm a teacher I don't care how you label the money I'm getting, I only care about the bottom line. And Fayette's is the lowest in the Metro area.

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Show me where paying more will result in better quality.

Paying a person more does not cause that person to perform better. But what it will do is cause better candidates to choose Fayette County in the future when we're competing for their services. Mediocre pay will result in mediocre performance over time.

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True

But right now schools can pick and choose from better candidates. Coweta is coming on strong, but what other county close by pays much better or has better students? It's the cycle.

We want the best teachers and we would like to pay on the upper end of the regional pay scale, but right now, we can't.

How is complaining going to solve the problem?

When mosts pay was cut, the smart ones worked longer and harder. Had to continue to prove that keeping them put more money into the bosses pockets, while HR got 10 great resumes every day from good people out of work.

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I would like to see an

I would like to see an increase in BUS DRIVER pay. It is the lowest in the state and we have some of the best drivers.

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