January 15-- The Toombs County Board of Education has decided on a school superintendent.
Last June Barry Waller was named the interim superintendent and this month the board selected him for the job on a permanent basis, according to School Board Chairman Clint Williams, "It was basically his work ethic. He's put a lot of hard work into doing what superintendents should be doing and done an excellent job. He's incorporated a lot of things to bring notice to our kids and faculty who are doing good. As a board there wasn't even a second thought and it was unanimous to go ahead and make him superintendent.
"He's a hometown fellow and his family has been right here in Lyons and it's just a good fit for us. It's not the easiest thing to be a boss to friends and family, but I think he's going to do a good job at it," Williams said.
Waller thanked the board for its confidence, "I feel very blessed they have confidence in me. In this short amount of time we've made some progress on things and anytime you do that and work collaboratively with people to do it, then good things can happen. This being my hometown, I'm humbled by it, but also I know it's a great challenge. I'm just excited about going forward and continuing the great things going on in our school system."
The new super feels his past experience in the school system is a plus for the future, "I've worked with some great folks who I've learned from over the years. I think that's been able to help me in this position. As far as our school system goes, with the things we have planned, just the familiarity with people does help to sit down across the table and create a vision for what has to be done to move our school system forward," he says.