By GINA KINSLOW

Glasgow Daily Times

Barren County’s superintendent received high marks Thursday night on his evaluation from the board of education.

Dr. Jerry Ralston, who has been superintendent of Barren County Schools for six years, was praised for his focus on instruction and his efforts in attracting and retaining the best personnel possible.

He was also commended for being highly visible not only in the schools, but the community.

“He does a good job managing the finances in a growing district with an increasing budget,” said board member Tammy Groce as she read a list detailing Ralston’s strengths.

The board only listed two challenges for Ralston. One was implementing the district’s five-year strategic plan while keeping the board up to date on the plan as it is being installed.

The other challenge is continuing to increase teacher’s salaries with the goal of becoming one of the top paying school districts in the region.

“We, as a board, really think Dr. Ralston has done a great job as far as being superintendent of Barren County,” said board chairman Robbie Toms.

The board took into consideration Ralston’s ability to stay focused on student achievement while overseeing the many projects the district has under way. Those projects include the construction of Eastern Elementary, Trojan Academy and the new bus garage, plus the development of the district’s five-year strategic plan.

Doing all of those things, Toms said, is a big accomplishment in itself.

The board agreed to give Ralston a 2.5 percent pay increase, which brings his salary up to $114,000 from $111,000.

The board also adopted the district’s 2006-07 salary schedule. Included in that motion was a 2.5 percent pay increase for all certified and classified personnel. The pay increase totals close to $1 million, according to Sarah Vincent, district finance officer.

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