HALSTEAD—When the new school year begins in August, Halstead Middle School will have Ron Barry as its new principal, who was hired for the role about two weeks ago.
But while this position may be new to him, Barry is not unfamiliar with the Halstead community. His wife, Amy, is native to Halstead and still has family here, and Barry said Halstead has always been like a second home to them as they’ve visited to see family and attend community events like Old Settlers.
“Ever since I met her we’ve been coming back to Halstead, for about 14 years now,” Barry said. “I know the community, I know many of the people, and I know it’s a great place. I’ve always joked with her that one day we’re going to end up back here in this town, and it’s kind of coming to fruition now,” Barry said.
Barry comes to Halstead from the Valley Center School District, where he has held a number of different roles over the past nine years. When he first started there, he spent five years as a high school social studies teacher and coach. He then served as the high school’s assistant principal and athletic director for three years before becoming principal at the middle school a year ago.
While most of his administration background is at the high school level, Barry said he is looking forward to furthering his experience with the fourth-through-eighth-grade age range here in Halstead.
“It provides some unique challenges and opportunities, but I think that’s what excites me; that’s what interests me, ” Barry said.
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