Barger takes seat as CCS leader

Former Catawba County commissioner Glenn Barger will take his seat in the superintendent's office today.
Barger was approved by Catawba County Schools Board of Education in August to be the interim superintendent effective Oct. 1 after former superintendent Dr. Tim Markley accepted a job with New Hanover County Schools in Wilmington. Markley also starts his new position today.
Barger, who took his oath of office as interim superintendent during Monday's Board of Education meeting, said his No. 1 goal while fulfilling this position is to continue students' academic success.
"As I told the staff (at the Central Office) already, our goal is to keep the focus that's already begun on academics and keep a safe and nourishing environment (for students and staff)," Barger said. "Student safety is a paramount goal. Parents have to feel their children are safe at school, and students have to feel safe."
In the past week, Barger spent time with Markley in the office to get a feel for today's superintendent job, as opposed to 10 years ago when Barger was in office.
"Things have changed in the past 10 years," Barger said during Monday's meeting. "I have a deep appreciation for Dr. Tim Markley."
As interim superintendent, Barger will receive $9,000 a month during his term. In addition, he will get $1,000 a month for in-state mileage and in-state automobile travel expenses.