MEDFORD, Ore. – Wednesday was the first day in the office for Medford’s new superintendent. Dr. Brian Shumate arrived for his first day on the job, spending his time getting acclimated to his new post.
That included an afternoon meeting with the Medford School Board to go over agenda items for the future.
Shumate says his first priorities are to get to know the people working under him, and then learn about processes in the district by reaching out to individual school leaders.
“I’ve asked the principals to talk about their data and what makes their schools unique, and then how they lead,” said Shumate. “I’m very interested in principal leadership, how they lead their schools and the systems they have in place to improve student achievement.”
Shumate says his biggest priorities are to try to fix Medford’s lagging graduation rate, improve attendance, and to build solid relationships with the community and employee unions.