Medford, Ore. -- The Medford School Board has announced its new superintendent as Dr. Brian Shumate of Louisville, Ky. Dr. Shumate is assistant Auperintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville.
The announcement was made at about 4pm Tuesday in a press conference outside the Medford School District offices at Central High School.
Choosing the new superintendent, board members used a list of criteria with help from a community survey and public forum.
The criteria included inspiring trust, possessing excellent people skills, and being a strong communicator.
Shumate says being an educator now for 27 years, he's ready for this new leading position.
He says one of his priorities will be academic achievement "If you've got 1800 kids in a class, some kids become invisible, because we're working with an old paradigm of class and a lot of kids don't fit the old model and mode so we need to think differently about how we engage different learners and different types of kids."
Dr. Shumate will replace Dr. Phil Long, who will retire on June 30th after a 30-year career with the District, including nine as superintendent.
Shumate will start on July 1st.