The Pulaski County Special School District has named Bill Barnes as principal of Jacksonville High School for the 2013-2014 school year.

He began his duties on Monday.

Barnes has a successful history working for the county district. From 2006 to 2010 he was the director of secondary education for the district.

He served as the well-respected principal of Mills University Studies High School from 1987 to 2006.

Barnes began his career in education as a math teacher and coach for Hope High School and was the director of transportation and a high school assistant principal for the El Dorado Public School District.

Superintendent Jerry Guess said he is thrilled Barnes has rejoined the district.

"Mr. Barnes has the type of experience that will allow him to hit the ground running. He knows what it takes to successfully lead a large high school. He is the caliber of individual who builds relationships with students, parents and community partners. We could not happier to have someone with his level of expertise at Jacksonville High School, and we are very excited for the team at the school to have him at the helm."

Barnes, too, said he is eager to begin in his new role in Jacksonville.

He said he will focus on student achievementand test scores.

"It will be about academic success and returning Jacksonville High School to a flagship school for PCSSD," he said.

"However, I know that requires a team — it will take more than just me. We’ll need everyone working together toward the same goal," he added.