Bloomington superintendent resigns

Abbie Barnett

The Bloomington school superintendent has resigned, according to the school board.

The board accepted the resignation of Abbie Barnett on April 11, said Bloomington school board President John Ellsworth.

Barnett was placed on paid administrative leave during a specially called meeting April 2. Board and school district officials have not commented about why Barnett was placed on administrative leave, citing personnel issues.

The resignation is effective July 2, 2019. Barnett is still on paid administrative leave, Ellsworth said.

Elvis Whaley, a district administrator, is still the temporary acting superintendent.

Calls to Whaley seeking comment were not returned Wednesday.

Barnett has been with the school district for seven years, Ellsworth said. He also previously worked with the school district as principal of the elementary campus and later the middle school campus.

In a statement from the Bloomington school board, Ellsworth said Barnett was successful as a principal at each campus. Barnett was also able to turn around Bloomington Middle School, which Ellsworth said had previously been known for “out-of-control student behavior and low academic performance.”

“Mr. Barnett played a critical and positive role in improving our school district,” Ellsworth said.

Ellsworth said the board will discuss whether to hire a superintendent search firm to find Barnett’s replacement at the next board meeting, which is scheduled Monday.

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