District 9 personnel changes effective July 1

EPHS Principal Allen Barber will become District 9 Human Resources Director and Tim Rupp, currently EPHS Assistant Principal, will become EPHS Principal effective July 1. These changes were announced Jan. 13 by Superintendent Cynda Rickert.

Barber will succeed Mike Remick who is retiring after serving the district for 39 years.

In making the announcement, Rickert said the decision was based on the definite need for a full-time Human Resources Director, which is the position that handles personnel issues including negotiations.

With the retirement of Remick and Doug McKenzie, Director of Special Programs, now available on contract on a part-time basis, Rickert, Scott Whitman, business manager, and Dr. Tina Mondale, director of school improvement, are the  only District 9 directors. Rickert said even with very competent secretarial staff, not filling the human resources position would leave  the district lacking critical decision-making personnel.

Rickert  pointed to the personnel issues Barber has successfully dealt with at the high school and to  Rupp’s detail with regard to academics, as she made this decision. The position of assistant principal now held by Rupp will be filled later, said Rickert.

“These are major changes involving important jobs in District 9,” said Rickert. “Making the decision now gives all of those involved time to consult with their predecessors while still managing their current responsibilities. This will help provide a smooth transition and maintain continuity for employees and students.”

Barber and Rupp are part of a team that has spurred major success at the high school, including an Outstanding rating from the state for 2010-11

Barber has been an educator since 1992 and has served as the EPHS principal since 2007. Before coming to District 9, he was an assistant principal in the Okaloosa School District in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, music supervisor for the Medford SchoolDistrict and director of bands at South Medford High School. He earned his administrative license from Southern Oregon University. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Western Kentucky University.

“I knew eventually I wanted to be in the District 9 office, but the move came sooner than I expected,” said Barber. “I am excited about the opportunity to work with Mike Remick for the few months and to continue to build good relationships with staff.”

Rupp has been an educator since 1989. He has served as an assistant principal at EPHS since 2009. Before that he taught and coached at South Medford High School where he was instrumental in the conversion to small schools. Rupp began his teaching career as a middle school mathematics teacher in Roseburg. He earned his administrative license from Southern Oregon University, where he also received a bachelor’s degree. He holds a master’s degree from Western Oregon University.

Remick began his career in 1972 with District 9 teaching award winning speech and radio-television classes at the high school. In 1995 he was named an assistant principal at EPHS. He became the district’s director of special services in 2001 and the human resources director in 2006. He retired in October 2011 but continues working half-time as HR director under a contract with the district.

“Remick’s dedication to District 9 schools is unequaled,”said Rickert.  “Thousands of students have benefitted from his work as a teacher and administrator. His ability to stay focused on what’s best for students guides his approach to personnel issues and has helped our district attract and retain a solid group of exceptional employees.”


By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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