Supt. Barrow gets contract extension, raise to $210K

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Fayette County School System Superintendent Jody Barrow can look forward to another three years leading the school system. The Fayette County Board of Education on Dec. 2 unanimously approved another three-year term beginning July 2016.

Barrow was approximately seven months away from the end of his three-year contract that began in July 2013.

It is customary for a school board to review and decide whether to renew a superintendent’s contract during the final year of the contract term. The new contract will expire on June 30, 2018.

Barrow was hired in May 2013 and began his time with Fayette on July 1. Barrow’s hire came with a salary and benefits package totaling $190,000.

The new contract comes with an annual salary of $210,000. The school system will also pay Barrow’s portion of the Teacher Retirement System of Georgia contributions and his family coverage portion of the health and dental insurance programs.

By way of comparison, Cherokee County in 2013 paid its superintendent $232,047, while Forsyth County paid $210,739 and Cartersville city schools pay $184,989, according to state records.