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Washington County selects new director of schools

Kimber Halliburton, left, shakes the hand of current Washington County Director of Schools Ron Dykes. Halliburton was named the new Director of Schools for Washington County, which will take effect after Dykes retirement on July 30.
Kimber Halliburton, left, shakes the hand of current Washington County Director of Schools Ron Dykes. Halliburton was named the new Director of Schools for Washington County, which will take effect after Dykes retirement on July 30.

By Collin Brooks

Staff Writer

Kimber Halliburton
Kimber Halliburton

The Washington County Board of Education voted 8-1 on ballots and then unanimously selected Kimber Halliburton as the next Washington County Director of Schools when Ron Dykes retirement becomes effective on June 30

“(I am) absolutely delighted to serve in this community, to serve the boys and girls and the families in this community and work with probably the best board that I’ve encountered, Halliburton said after being named the new director

Halliburton won’t start until July 1, but she says she will begin touring before they dismiss for summer break, because she wants to get a feel for the students.

“My official start date is July 1, but my plans are to come here before that and at least tour every school, prior to my July 1 start date, while students are still here in session,” Halliburton said. “I could easily tour the schools this summer, but you won’t get the same feel and the same concept of what is really occurring in a school until you see the students seated at their desks.”

She also wants to build the relationships.

“The first thing I really want to do, in terms of my role as superintendent, is I really want to get to know know all the people here that serve our students,” Halliburton said. “Most specifically our teachers, our principals and of course our board members. But I think it’s very important to start with the relationships first.”

Halliburton is the first female to hold the title of Director of Schools for Washington County.

“I am delighted to be named the Director of Schools, but I am especially proud that they have named me as the first female…I am hoping that young girls sitting at desks in our classroom will be motivated by that,” she said.

Halliburton is currently the principal and network lead principal in Nashville. She started in the district 26 years ago. The Nashville Metropolitan System serves over 90,000 children, while Washington County is just under 10,000.

“I am a real big believer in really teaching children to use technology for projects,” Halliburton said. “For real research and real world application. Right now I currently serve in a school that is a technology demonstration school in my school district.”‘

A more in-depth article will be featured in the April 6th issue of the Herald & Tribune.