Coffee County School System Superintendent Kevin Killingsworth (left) and new Zion Chapel School Principal Matt Barton.

ELBA -- The Coffee County Board of Education approved the employment of Matt Barton as the new principal of Zion Chapel School during its regularly scheduled meeting Thursday.

Barton, who has served as assistant principal at Enterprise’s Hillcrest Elementary School since 2017, will begin his duties this week.

He does have prior experience in the Coffee County School System, having served as assistant principal of New Brockton High School in 2014.

“It’s an honor and a blessing,” Barton said. “Coffee County Schools believed in me five years ago and gave me my first opportunity as an administrator. I’m just very thankful and blessed that they gave me the opportunity to come back and that they have faith in me to be the new principal at Zion Chapel School.”

Barton has also served as assistant principal at Holly Hill Elementary School and as a teacher and coach with Enterprise City Schools and Houston County Schools.

Barton said he will lean on prior experience working with students of different ages as he acclimates to his new role and its challenges.

“Anytime you come into a new place, just getting to know the people there and getting to know the community and everyone involved (is part of the job),” Barton said. “Zion Chapel is a K-12 school, so you have challenges from the little ones coming in as kindergarteners to the older ones that are graduating. I think you just have to get in there and evaluate how everything is going, but I think it’s a great school and this is a great school system.”

According to Barton, the first order of business will be to coordinate with assistant principals Lauren Parker and D’Andra Tingey.

“Really just (to go) in there and see where they are right now in getting the schedule ready for next school year and making sure the building is clean, safe and ready for students to return in the next couple of months,” he said. “That will be the first priority. Just working with the people of Coffee County here; everyone is so friendly and welcoming. There’s something to be said about that.”

Barton takes the position vacated by Vohn Enloe, who resigned last month.

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