LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - Doctor Houston Barber was introduced Tuesday as the new principal at The Academy @ Shawnee.

Barber is currently the principal at Fern Creek Traditional High School, which saw major improvements in state testing sc roes and graduation rates under his leadership.

He says he plans to take a one-on-one approach to doing the same for Shawnee students. "We kind of embark on a journey with them and say 'hey we're not leaving you until you're successful," Barber says,  "so, one of the things that I think I can bring to the table is building teams and processes that will be focused on that and taking them to the next level."

Barber starts at Shawnee January 6th.

The process of finding a new principal at Fern Creek will begin immediately.

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