Marion City Schools' next superintendent has been named, and he doesn't have to travel far from his current post.
At a meeting Monday night, the Marion City School Board decided unanimously on hiring Big Walnut Local Schools official Gary Barber to their top position. He wil replace Dr. James Barney, who's stepping down at the current school year's close.
Barber is currently the assistant superintendent at that Delaware County district, he's been in that role since 2009 serving previously as principal at Big Walnut High School. The Marion School Board approved a three-year contract for Barber worth a reported $129,000 for the first year, with a 1% raise in each of the final two.
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Interestingly, Barber's name was not on the original list of superintendent candidates released by Marion City Schools last month. It included names like Hayes Elementary principal Rick Glenn and current Marion assistant superintendent Stephen Anway.
Barber is scheduled to start his new position on August 1.