MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford School District says Dr. Brian Shumate will be the next leader of the district. He has 27 years of education experience, the previous two have been as Assistant Superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky.
Shumate will replace Dr. Phil Long, who retires June 30th. Long served a total of 30-years with the district, nine of which as superintendent.
Shumate will be inheriting a district still feeling the effects of a drawn-out strike. He also says student transiency and high number of English language learners will pose a challenge.
And while low graduation rates remain a problem, he says he intends to fix that through extra-curricular activities and student engagement.
“I want to make sure we have a variety of offerings within the high school, not just athletics, but curricular activities and pathways within their daily lives — that connect them to the school experience,” said Shumate. “Then I believe we can improve graduation rates.”
Shumate says he plans to adjust to tight budgets by looking at how schools are using their resources and reallocating if necessary. He says he’ll be spending his time in the next few months speaking with administrators and teachers in order to become more familiar with the district.
Shumate is expected to begin his position with the Medford School District on July 15th. That is pending an official contract offer and a public vote by the School Board.
You can find out more about Shumate on his current district’s website.