MEDFORD, Ore. – On Saturday, Medford’s former school district superintendent packed up his office. Dr. Phil Long is retiring at the end of the month. He has worked for the Medford school district for 30 years, and for the past nine years has served as superintendent.
During this time, he had to deal with many complicated issues including the teacher’s strike this year. He said he’s glad both sides of the teacher’s strike were able to come to a resolution.
Aside from the strike, one of the most difficult obstacles Dr. Long said he had to face is working through tough economic changes and witnessing kids and the community being impacted.
Embracing change and looking for new opportunities, he has been able to work past challenges, and in time, conditions have improved.
“If I were to choose one word to summarize what the decade has been about, it would be the word Together,” said Dr. Long. “It is only together that a community can make things happen, pull it together and thrive, or at least survive and then thrive, and that has happened here.”
Dr. Long will officially retire June 30. He will then be heading off to Cascade Christian High School where he has accepted a principal position for the fall. Dr. Brian Shumate will be taking Dr. Long’s place as superintendent. He will be starting at the beginning of July.