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NEWS RELEASE #1
July 14, 2006
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aurora Public Schools Welcomes New Superintendent

Superintendent John L. Barry will officially take the helm of Aurora Public Schools on Monday, July 17.  On his first day, Barry will meet with key staff members and visit summer school classes where he will interact with staff and students. 

Barry will spend his first 90 days on a listening tour to get to know APS and the community. “I will go to the entire community—to key stakeholders, parents, students, teachers, classified staff, administrators, business leaders, community members, elected officials and media representatives—to identify what the concerns are for APS,” Barry said.

Barry is a nontraditional superintendent who will bring a fresh perspective to APS. Barry has extensive experience working and living in multicultural and multilingual settings.  Most recently he served as the Vice President for Defense and Security for SAP in Washington, D.C.  SAP is the world's leading provider of business software solutions, including cutting edge software used by school districts. 

Barry had a distinguished military career.  He served for 30 years as an officer in the
U.S. Air Force, retiring as a “Two-Star” Major General.

Aurora Public Schools is the sixth largest school district in Colorado with students that speak more than 90 languages and come from more than 100 countries.  APS students are 48 percent Hispanic, 26 percent white, 21 percent black, 4 percent Asian/Pacific Islander and 1 percent Native American.

To schedule an interview or photo opportunity with Mr. Barry, please contact Georgia Durán at 303-344-8060 ext. 28015 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.  After business hours, you may reach Durán at 303-281-9506.

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Communication Services

Georgia Durán, Director
303-344-8060, ext. 28015
FAX: 303-326-1939
e-mail: grduran@aps.k12.co.us
http://www.aps.k12.co.us/communications

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