Kimber Halliburton, new Washington County, TN director of schools, takes office

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, TN (WJHL)- Kimber Halliburton hit the ground running on her first official day as the new Washington County Director of Schools on Friday. Halliburton was selected by the board of education in March, making her the first female director of schools in Washington County.

She previously worked for Davidson County Schools and said she just made the move from Nashville to the Tri-Cities earlier this week.

Halliburton said she’s very excited to be in Northeast Tennessee and is looking forward to meeting more people in the community. Halliburton said her first day has been filled with meetings and visits. She said, “I’ve had just one visitor after another which is very exciting.”

“I know I’m coming from the outside and people don’t really know me, but I really love people and I’m looking forward to getting to know all of our students, teachers, staff, school leaders, parents – just getting to know the community and really becoming a true resident of this county.”

Halliburton said her predecessor, Ron Dykes, laid a good foundation upon which she hopes to continue improvement.

She said, “We can always improve on our average ACT scores and we can also improve on our graduation rates and just really prepare kids for post-secondary opportunities.”

“Washington County is going to be the premiere place to send your son or daughter. Your son, your daughter, will be well taken care of – not only from an academic point of view but also emotionally,” she said.

Halliburton said in addition to academic, social and emotional learning, she is dedicated to using tax payer dollars efficiently by ensuring that schools are investing in ways that will provide the most improvement in students’ learning.

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