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Byron School District Board Approves New Superintendent

At the February 22, 2018, Board Meeting, the Byron Board of Education approved a three-year contract for Mr. Buster Barton to become their next superintendent. Mr. Barton is currently the principal of Mary Morgan Elementary School in Byron. Prior to that, he served the Byron District as an assistant principal, coach, and teacher.  Buster is a lifelong resident of the District and presently lives in the community with his wife and three children. 
Board members noted his passion, collaborative leadership style and track record of academic excellence as qualities that led to their decision
Board member (Phil Kesler) noted: “Mr. Barton is passionate about the children and residents of our District.  I am excited to see him lead and unite the District.”
Board President, Carol Nauman added: “We are pleased to welcome Mr. Barton as our new Superintendent.  Mr. Barton will continue to push our District forward academically while being financially responsible.”
Key accomplishments in his recent leadership role include strengthening student achievement, building a collaborative culture, and recently leading Mary Morgan Elementary School to receive the prestigious Blue Ribbon School designation from the U.S. Department of Education.
Search consultants Dr. Gary Zabilka and Dr. Jill Hawk conducted the search on behalf of School Exec Connect. The process included feedback from staff, administration, parents and community members, as well as input from a stakeholder committee and of course, the School Board.  Over forty applications were received and screened by the search consultants.  Then the Board interviewed five candidates and had second round interviews with 3 candidates.
Mr. Barton will begin his service to the Byron School District on July 1, 2018 at a salary of $150,000.
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Reaching Teens Before Drugs Do

On Wednesday, April 11th the district will be hosting “Reaching Teens Before Drugs Do” in partnership with LTM Foundations (a company that promotes the prevention of teen drug use) and States Attorney Eric Morrow and Attorney/BHS Graduate, Russ Crull we encourage all parents to attend. The event starts at 6:30pm and will be held in the BHS Main Gym.
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The emergency day that was observed on Friday, February 9, 2018, will be made up on Friday, May 25, 2018.   The Teacher Institute day that was cancelled on February 9th has been rescheduled for Friday, March 16, 2018. There WILL NOT BE student attendance on Friday, March 16, 2018. There WILL BE student attendance on Friday, May 25, 2018.
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Facts & Numbers

  • financialaid District Finances Per pupil spending is $9,462 for instructional expenses and $17,529 for operational expenses.
  • boardoftrustees Sizing It Up The district average class size is 18 students compared to the states average of 21.
  • Health & Wellness Byron students average 5 days of PE per week compared to the states average of 4 days per week.
  • Enrollment Total district enrollment for PK-12 is 1,482.
  • Student Attendance The average daily attendance across the district is 95%.
  • Extraordinary Faculty Total full time teachers in the district is 110 of which 39.2% have a Bachelor’s degree and 59.9% have a Master’s degree or higher.
  • Future Prospects Within 12 months of graduating, 64% of seniors enroll in a 2 or 4 year college.
  • volunteer Exceptional Services We are a “stand alone” district meaning we house all 27 of our special need services personnel within our district.  Currently 16% of our student population qualify for special services.

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