Medford School District names new Superintendent

Pictured is Dr. Bret Champion (Courtesy Medford School District)

The Medford School District has named a new superintendent Tuesday evening: Dr. Bret Chamption.

The vote was held tonight to begin contract negotiations, according to the Medford School District. Champion is "the culmination of a thorough and collaborative search process to find the ideal candidate to lead the MSD."

Dr. Brian Shumate, the current superintendent, intends to leave the district at the end of June to take a job in Georgia where he will be closer to his family. The process to find his replacement began in March, and included staff and community engagement meetings, input surveys, and stakeholder interview panels, according to MSD.

"Dr. Champion is a great fit for Medford," said MSD Board Chair Cynthia Wright. "His skills as a communicator and collaborator, his experience with innovation and pathways, his focus on every child succeeding, and his work with large financial budgets all uniquely qualify him as the candidate of choice."

Champion has 28 years of experience in public education as a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent, according to MSD. He has also been a superintendent for over a decade, most recently serving in that role in Klein, Texas - a district with approximately 54,000 students.

"I am a big believer in the opportunity that our public schools provide for our students. Public schools are our nation's great equalizer," said Champion. "One of the things that's intriguing about Medford is how many great things are already happening here in the areas of preparing students for their next steps. There is so much in place to ensure students leave with every option available to them and I am excited to get to know the people doing that work, the students who are part of that work, and the community embracing that work."

Champion says he intends to start off the job with engaging staff, students, families, and community members by listening and learning about systems already in place.

"I look forward to collaborating with the entire community to ensure that all students find and embrace their pathways to success," said Champion.

The Board plans to vote to approve Champion's contract at its June meeting. His first contract day will be July 1st.

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