So, Barry formed a vision which turned into a plan, which turned into action. Seven years later, drop-out rates have decreased and tudent test scores are up. Truancy is also on the decline.
"Over the last 6.5 years our team has made terrific strides in accelerating student achievement and closing the achievement gaps with the laser focus on our strategic plans," Barry said, in a released statement.
Barry said he will step down at the end of school year, effective July 2013. This will be at the end of seven years as superintendent. When he first started, he promised the Board of Education to stay on for five years.
"Part of my decision is based on the fact that the BOE election in Nov. 2013 will have four board of education slots up for election, with three of the positions term limited. So, there will be at least three and maybe four new BOE members elected next year," Barry said in a released statement. "Even though my contract was out to 2014, I would like the current experienced board to have the opportunity to select my successor."
Barry applied for the job of Colorado Commissioner of Education, a job that was eventually awarded to Robert Hammond.
The former Air Force General promises to still be a part of the Aurora school community. He has not stated what, if any, job he will seek next.
"I want you to know I am proud of what our team has accomplished over these many years. 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 (RIF)," Barry said, in the released statement. "I am also humbled to have been a member of a terrific Aurora team as we worked our way through the worst shooting crisis in Colorado history, if not the Nation."
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