Barger resigns from board

A member of the Catawba County Board of Commissioners announced Tuesday he will not fulfill the remainder of his term on the board.

Glenn Barger submitted his resignation from the Board of Commissioners at its regularly scheduled meeting in light of his new position as interim superintendent of Catawba County Schools.

“The last eight years have really been a learning experience and a pleasure,” Barger said.
Barger was hired Aug. 30 as the CCS interim superintendent. His resignation from the board is effective Sept. 30, and he starts his position as interim superintendent Oct. 1.

Fellow Board of Commissioners members said they are sorry to see Barger leave his position.

“It is with reluctance that I accept this resignation on behalf of the board,” said Kitty Barnes, Board of Commissioners chairwoman.

Commissioner Dan Hunsucker said Barger served the board well.

“The people of Catawba County have been very well served by Glenn Barger in this capacity,” Hunsucker said. “… It’s indicative of Glenn’s service mindset.”

Barger will serve as interim superintendent until a replacement is hired for Dr. Tim Markley, who is leaving CCS to become superintendent at New Hanover County Schools.

CCS enlisted the help of the North Carolina School Board Association to assist with the search, which is expected to last until March.

Barger’s seat on the Catawba County Board of Commissioners is one of three up for election on the board.

Barger ran against fellow board members Barnes and Lynn Lail and challenger Randy Isenhower in the May primary, and was narrowly defeated.

Barger lost to Lail by 58 votes and decided against a vote recount.

“We don’t always agree on every issue,” Barnes said. “… (Barger’s) strong position on education has enlightened this board.”