Barry informed the district on Tuesday morning of his decision to leave before his contract expires in 2014, noting that when he took the job, he committed to serve for at least five years. He said he plans to continue to live in Aurora.
The official announcement will come at tonight's board meeting, but Barry's letter to district staff explained that with as many as four possible new board members after the next election, he wanted the current "experienced" board to choose the next superintendent.
"Although my decision has been a very difficult one to make, I want you to know I am proud of what our team has accomplished over these many years," he wrote. "I have been honored to serve as your Superintendent during the worst financial crisis in the history of APS while avoiding a reduction in force."
Barry listed a variety of district accomplishments during his tenure, including a reduction in drop-out rates and improved achievement rates for reading, writing, math and science each year since his arrival. He also noted the district's success in passing a mill levy override in the last election.
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