Lisa Barton: Comptroller
15 Years of Service to Kids Central Inc. Good Luck Lisa in your "Next Chapter"
Lisa Barton has seen many changes in Head Start during her 15 years as Comptroller at Kids Central Inc. Another exciting change awaits her as she leaves to join her husband, George in Hawkins County, Tennessee. George is the new principal at the new Clinch School in Hawkins County.
Lisa graduated from Clinch Valley College (now UVA Wise) and began working as a bookkeeper out of her house while her two daughters were young.
“I applied for a job that was advertised in the Coalfield Progress that was supposed to be a three day-a-week position,” she remembers. “Right after that, the Comptroller resigned and I was offered the job.”
That was the start of a long tenure with the Head Start community. The agency was Appalachian Regional Community Head Start (ARCHS) back then and it didn’t have the enrollment numbers or widespread service area that we have now.
“When I got into the job I discovered that nothing had been filed for the past three months,” Lisa recalls. What a way to begin a new job!"
We all know how organized Lisa Barton is when it comes to our finances. Perhaps it is a result of that chaotic beginning with our agency. With an annual budget of almost five-and-a-half million dollars today she has to be organized. And, with great reviews from local auditors and the federal government, it is evident she has done a great job.
Lisa says one of the biggest changes in Head Start she has witnessed is the addition of Early Head Start into the program. “That happened in 1998 and really changed the way we organized our funds,” she explains. Changing the organization’s name was another big development in the agency history.
When asked about this change in her life, a sense of bittersweet anticipation seems to come forth. “I’m excited to start a new chapter in my life,” she says. It’s no secret that Lisa has dreamed about getting her real estate appraiser’s license when she retired. Now, she may have that opportunity sooner than she expected. We know if that happens, she’ll be the best darn appraiser around. We can’t help but feel it is our loss, but our best wishes go with Lisa Barton as she enters a new chapter of her life.