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Buster Barton

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.