Watertown School District names new Assistant Superintendent

March 1, 2022

Mike Tanner

WATERTOWN, S.D.–Watertown School District Superintendent Dr. Jeff Danielsen has announced that Derek Barrios has been chosen to become the district’s new Assistant Superintendent

Barrios has been the Superintendent of the Elk Point-Jefferson School District the past four years. Before that, he was Superintendent of the Faulkton School District and was a High School Principal in Custer.

Barrios has also taught in the Arlington and Kimball School Districts.

Danielsen says Barrios has experience at the district level that, “will allow him to hit the ground running. He understands the whole picture of a school district and has a great composure to him in all situations.”

Barrios was hired at a special School Board meeting Tuesday. The Brookings native begin his duties in Watertown on July 1st, replacing the retiring Darrell Stacey.