Amid a backdrop of shrinking budgets and fewer students, Craig Barringer became the Libby School District’s new superintendent on July 1. Barringer replaces K.W. Maki, who held the position for 16 years and announced his retirement last October.
Barringer has spent the last 16 years in the Conrad School District; 13 years as the high school principal and three years as superintendent. Originally from Darby, Barringer said he and his family were looking to return to western Montana and the opening in Libby gave him that opportunity.
“After 16 years in one place you sort of know what to expect when you walk through the door every morning,” Barringer said of his time in Conrad. “(But) I’m excited to be here and become part of the community.”