Barfield sworn in as Superintendent

Posted 12/8/20

When the former superintendent resigned at the beginning of March, Kim Jordan graciously stepped up to take the job.

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Barfield sworn in as Superintendent

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As soon as I walked into the auditorium at the Glades County Junior High School I could feel the electricity in the air as nearly one hundred people took their seats for the inauguration of a new board member and the new Superintendent for the Glades County School System.

When the former superintendent resigned at the beginning of March, Kim Jordan graciously stepped up to take the job. Now, after the November 2020 election Dr. Alice Elizabeth Barfield was elected as the Superintendent of Schools.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Barfield for this article. She attended the Glades County School system and Dr. Barfield attended college at Florida Southern College to earn her bachelors degree in elementary education, and Nova Southeastern for her masters and doctorate in organizational leadership. Dr. Barfield has been an educator for over 20 years and has worked in many different schools, including Country Oaks Elementary School in LaBelle, and as the principal of River Hall Elementary School in Lee County for six years.

One of her goals as superintendent is Accelerate Glades, which consists of several 100-day plans to complete a five year plan to; boost students mental health, have a child centered mindset, encourage world class forward thinking, enhance learning, to listen learn and act, and have a collective vision across Glades County.

“Now is the time to band together to establish a community based mindset and a better future for our children,” sid Dr. Barfield as she read aloud her post-inauguration speech. Having attended Glades County Schools herself she feels strongly that the school be restored to a sense of community and feeling of family. She also feels that the most room for improvement is “making sure we are in order to build a rising academic standard for ALL students.”

She said only around 80% of the students who attend Glades County Schools graduate with a high school diploma. She has always loved writing and considered taking a job as a journalist, then discovered her passion for teaching and pursued her career in education.

Another of her key objectives is to reevaluate the health protocols in the Glades County School System, which includes possible mask mandates. The schools are currently taking students temperatures when they enter the facility and there are hand sanitation stations throughout both of Glades County Schools.

When asked what was going through her mind during the swearing in Dr. Barfield replied that she is “very blessed” and “it was overwhelming, but in a good way.” Dr. Barfield would like to thank her family and friends and all her supporters and the community for their encouragement and for believing in her from start to finish.

Channing Roper is a 14-year old -rom the Muse area. She enjoys writing and is an avid reader.

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