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Bartram hired as new Aspermont Superintendent

by Kevin Hamilton
Going into his sixth year as principal at Iowa Park High School and with over 20 years experience as an educator in the city’s school system, Tim Bartram is now officially transitioning to the superintendent ranks, accepting the vacant position at Aspermont ISD this past month.

Bartram’s resignation from the IPHS position was accepted by school trustees during their regular meeting Thursday. He will officially take over duties Jan. 4 at the Class A Texas school located in Stonewall County west of Haskell.

“Mr. Bartram has been an asset to our school district in his role as a teacher and administrator for over 20 years,” IPCISD Superintendent Steve Moody said Tuesday. “He has been an excellent leader serving as principal of Iowa Park High School. He has always worked closely with teachers and students to create a positive learning environment and the students have excelled under his guidance.

“Mr. Bartram has always been loyal to Iowa Park and he will be greatly missed,” Moody continued. “We wish Mr. Bartram the best in his new job as superintendent of Aspermont ISD.”

Moody said he would meet with the high school staff Wednesday morning to discuss plans for the spring semester and for replacing Bartram, adding that he has named Jodi Schlaud, IPCISD Curriculum and Instructional Technology Coordinator, as interim principal. She will serve as principal for the remainder of the school year. School officials will interview applicants in the spring, and a new principal will be in place by June.

In an interview with Bartram Tuesday, he noted the interaction with Aspermont school officials, including the board of trustees, went smoothly throughout the process.

“Aspermont and Iowa Park are very similar in community and school values,” he said. “Both care about student character, morals, integrity, work ethic, and pride.

“Aspermont has rolled out he welcome mat and made my wife and I very welcome to the community.”

Prior to moving into the IPHS principal’s office in 2007, Bartram served three years as assistant principal. Before that, he was Automotive Service Technology Instructor at IPHS for 15 years, and coached the boys and girls golf teams for eight years.

In 2013, he was honored with the Texas Music Educators Association Distinguished Administrator Award. He has also earned Region 9 ESC Secondary Principal of the Year and Assistant Principal of the Year awards, and was the 2000 IPCISD Teacher of the Year.

Bartram will soon become Dr. Bartram as he has almost completed his Doctorate of Education EdD Program at the University of North Texas. He received his superintendent certification at Midwestern State University, and the majority of his other college education at Wayland Baptist University.
Prior to working at Iowa Park schools, Bartram worked 10 years in private business.

“I will work a little bit through the holidays, but mostly try to move and spend quality time with my family at Christmas,” Bartram said of his immediate plans.
Asked what he would miss most about Iowa Park, Bartram replied, “What I will miss the most are students and faculty. That sounds like a cliché, but it is the truth. I have always said I will put our students and faculty up against any high school in the state. IPHS students consistently meet and exceed our expectations of them and they do so with character and pride.”

Asked to offer examples of his achievements at IPHS, Bartram laughed and said, “Not getting fired would be at the top of my life.”

He then said, “Hiring excellent employees that go above and beyond for students and the school. He added with a smile, “And the success of our school as a whole despite having me as principal