Johnson City BOE approves contract for new superintendent Dr. Steve Barnett

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) – The Johnson City Board of Education approved the contract for the school system’s new leader Monday night.

The Board of Education unanimously chose Dr. Steve Barnett as its top candidate on March 22.

Barnett was one of five finalists for the job. He currently is the principal of Towne Acres Elementary School.

News Channel 11 spoke with Barnett at Monday night’s meeting who said he’s excited about the new position and ready to get started.

“First order of business is to finish well at Towne Acres and to do a great job with our school and make sure the students understand that I’ll be there and committed to the school through the end of the year,” Barnett said. “But also trying to get up to speed with making sure I understand the whole curriculum from Pre-K through 12th grade.”

Current Superintendent Dr. Richard Bales announced his retirement back in August. His retirement will become official on July 1.

The Johnson City Board of Education approved the term’s of Barnett’s contract Monday, which includes a $130,000 annual salary. The contact also includes an IRA/retirement, a monthly auto expense, a library allowance, liability insurance and 20 vacation days.

Barnett will start his new job as superintendent on July 1.

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