Duriel Barlow, principal of East Samford School, was recently named the 2019 District 4 Principal of the Year by the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools and the Alabama Association of Middle and Secondary Principals.
Barlow, who has worked for Auburn City Schools since 2003, was recognized at the Auburn City Schools Board of Education meeting this week for his achievement.
"In this, just his fifth year as principal, Duriel is recognized inside our school system, in our community, but certainly in our region and state as a school leader," said ACS Superintendent Cristen Herring. "He is visionary in designing instructional programs. He is dedicated to the well-rounded, best interest of every child, and he engages families and the community like no other.
"This program recognizes outstanding middle level and high school principals who have succeeded in providing high-quality learning opportunities for students and who demonstrate exemplary contributions to the profession. Those are words that suit him well."
After being hired in 2003, Barlow worked as an English and language arts teacher at Drake Middle School. He became assistant principal of DMS in 2008, and principal in 2015.
"I really appreciate my colleagues voting for me; I wasn't expecting that," Barlow said. "I'm very grateful. I'm grateful for working with such an awesome school system. I've been here for 17 years and don't plan on going anywhere soon."
Also at its meeting this week, the BOE approved a bid for the Transportation Facility Expansion project at the cost of $981,000. The addition will be constructed by WB Construction out of Auburn.
Bids were also approved for the purchase of new school buses. ACS will purchase up to eight new 78-passenger buses, with air-conditioning, for a total cost of up to $799,096. A bid was also approved for the purchase of one or more special needs buses, with air conditioning, at a cost of $94,696.80.