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Andrew Jackson Elementary's Barrios joins the lead principal corps

Andrew Jackson Elementary School principal Edward Xavier Barrios is now a lead principal for Metro Schools. Barrios was asked to join district leadership in part because of his school’s ascent to Reward status this year. "Andrew Jackson Elementary is a reward school for growth," says Chief Academic Officer Jay Steele. "We want him to bring that experience and knowledge to other elementary schools."

The lead principal program at Metro Schools has been expanding over the past few years, supervising all middle and high schools and half of the elementary schools in the district. The lead principals supervise small networks of schools and their principals. They are responsible for accelerating progress by leading through example, evaluating principals and sharing effective practices. Those best practices will be replicated and adapted across schools in their networks.

Lead principals are chosen by application and careful review by a panel of district leaders. Candidates are required to show evidence of their successes in driving student achievement, teacher leadership and a positive school culture.

All lead principals get extra money in their school budgets that can be used to pay for an additional assistant principal or other resources that will serve the students well. By 2015-16, every Metro school will be in a lead principal network.

Barrios is a graduate of Chicago Public Schools and earned two Bachelor of Arts degrees and two Masters degrees from DePaul University. A former elementary school teacher in Chicago Public Schools, Barrios also served as a technology coordinator prior to moving to Nashville and becoming principal of Andrew Jackson Elementary.