Nashville, Tenn. ,
23
January
2020
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05:03 PM
America/Chicago

Chris Barnes to Join Metro Schools as Chief of Human Resources

Dr. Adrienne Battle has announced the appointment of Dr. Chris Barnes, an experienced educator and human resources leader, to serve as the Chief of Human Resources for Metro Nashville Public Schools. 

“Retaining and recruiting great teachers and support staff is critical to the development of a culture of success here at Metro Schools,” said Dr. Battle, interim director of MNPS. “I was incredibly impressed with Chris’ knowledge and his experience at both the school and district level in developing and supporting strong teams. I know he’ll do great things for existing staff and those looking to join our Metro Schools family.” 

Dr. Barnes has 15 years of experience in public schools throughout North Carolina, with 10 years of experience directly in schools as an assistant principal and then principal. Since 2015, he has focused his work on human resources. Dr. Barnes currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources for Union County Public Schools in Monroe, North Carolina, a school district with more than 5,000 employees. He received his doctorate in educational leadership from Western Carolina University and Master’s in School Administration from UNC at Greensboro.

“I’m honored and excited to join the Nashville community and serve with an incredible team at Metro Schools led by Dr. Battle,” said Dr. Barnes. “We know that the single most important element of improving student outcomes is an excellent teacher, and I look forward to using my lifetime of experience to help develop and expand the talent pool here in Nashville.” 

Through his current role with Union County Public Schools, Barnes instituted a “Hire Forward” initiative that saw a significant increase in the hiring rate for teachers. As Chief of HR for Metro Schools, Barnes will lead the district’s efforts to support and retain the great teachers and employees by improving the culture and climate of the organization, while helping to reduce the number of vacancies through a robust recruitment effort aimed at bringing talented teachers and staff to Nashville. 

According to Dr. Barnes, “not only will we need to make sure there is a great teacher in every classroom, but I look forward to working with my team and the district leadership to develop a talent pool of school administrators who have the leadership qualities necessary to create a supportive culture and climate that fosters excellence.” 

Barnes will start his new role on February 17, 2020. Dr. Tony Majors, the current Chief of Human Resources, is being transferred to a position to coordinate efforts to improve the academic and social emotional learning supports for students at our Alternative Learning Centers.

Dr. Adrienne Battle, Interim Director of Schools
“Retaining and recruiting great teachers and support staff is critical to the development of a culture of success here at Metro Schools. I was incredibly impressed with Chris’ knowledge and his experience at both the school and district level in developing and supporting strong teams. I know he’ll do great things for existing staff and those looking to join our Metro Schools family.”
Dr. Adrienne Battle, Interim Director of Schools
Chris Barnes, Chief of Human Resources
“I’m honored and excited to join the Nashville community and serve with an incredible team at Metro Schools led by Dr. Battle. We know that the single most important element of improving student outcomes is an excellent teacher, and I look forward to using my lifetime of experience to help develop and expand the talent pool here in Nashville.”
Chris Barnes, Chief of Human Resources
About MNPS

Metro Nashville Public Schools is one of the nation’s top 50 largest school districts, preparing 86,000 students for higher education, work and life. With the goal of being the first choice for Nashville families, Metro Schools is committed to #ExceedingGreatExpectations with the mission of delivering a great public education to every student, every day. The district is earning a national reputation for urban school reform, social and emotional learning and rising academic achievement. The governing body for Metro Schools is the Metropolitan Nashville Board of Public Education, a nine-member elected body. For more information, visit MNPS.org, or follow us on Twitter @MetroSchools or Facebook /MetroSchools.