Tuscaloosa County school campus named after former board member
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson
A school within the Tuscaloosa County School System has a brand new name for its campus in honor of a longtime board of education member.
The James E. Barnett campus at Northport Intermediate School is named for James Barnett, who was a member of the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education for nearly 30 years.
TCSS Superintendent Keri Johnson said the BOE and Northport Intermediate Principal Michael Tilford decided the designation is a great way to honor Barnett’s legacy.
“There were five new schools built in his district during his tenure as a board member, but throughout the entire district 14 new schools were built during his tenure as a board member,” Johnson said. “So he is very well known. He is a pillar of the community. He’s a pillar of our school system and we just love him and wanted to honor him.”
Barnett was first elected to the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education in 1978.
He served on the board until 1988 and then served on the Northport City Council from 1992 to 2000.
In 2002, Barnett was elected to the Tuscaloosa County Board of Education again. In 2005, he was named a member of the All-State School Board.
Barnett said it’s an unbelievable honor.
“I don’t deserve it, but I sure am glad they are doing it,” he said. “I’m just so thankful that they are recognizing me. Like I said, I don’t deserve it but I’m going to accept it.”
Northport Intermediate School opened in August. Barnett played a big role in the planning and approval of the school.
Tilford said this is well deserved.
“This is absolutely a phenomenal honor for him and for his family,” Tilford said. “It’s something where his name will live on and future generations will see the dedication he showed to our community.”