Medford Superintendent says good-bye to the Rogue Valley

Medford School District Superintendent Dr. Brian Shumate announces that he is leaving the Rogue Valley after working in Medford for a little over four years. (Courtesy of Troup County School System)

The Medford School District offices announced a news conference Thursday for 4:30 p.m. regarding Superintendent Dr. Brian Shumate, however, the Troup County School System of Georgia preceded this announcement with one of their own: "New TCSS Superintendent is Dr. Brian Schumate," their district news and announcements website reads.

Shumate will start the position in Georgia on July 1st of this year. He was chosen from a list of 52 applicants.

“This search process was intensely focused on leadership characteristics the board and community wanted our next superintendent to exhibit," Board Chairman Kirk Hancock said. "Everyone has a desire for our district to be successful and we feel Dr. Shumate can help us achieve success.”

He departs Medford after leading the school district for just over four years. Overall, he has worked in the education sector for 32 years, with a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Louisville, as well as a Master of Education in Secondary Education, Rank I Endorsement in Secondary Administration and a Ph.D. in Education Leadership.

Under Shumate's leadership in Medford, the school district witnessed a 13 percent-point increase in graduation rates in three years, surpassing state averages in all content areas on Smarter Balanced assessments, and an increased overall district attendance over a two-year period, according to TCSS's announcement.

Shumate was also nominated for the Oregon Superintendent of the Year Award.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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