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Brent Barry, Superintendent

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    Dear Families,

    Hello, my name is Brent Barry and I am very excited to be starting my fifth year as Superintendent of this fantastic school district. This coming school year will mark my 18th year with Phoenix-Talent Schools. There is no question this particular beginning of the school year comes with some anxiety and uncertainty. With the pandemic and many of our students/families navigating through the devastation of the Almeda fire, we understand there are real emotions as we start this year. We are prepared to continue to provide the support necessary for academic success, as well as meeting the emotional health needs of our kids. I know and trust we can overcome the circumstances that we face today by supporting each other, having compassion for all and remaining focused on doing our part to minimize the impact of COVID-19. 

    We understand that you may be feeling anxious or uncertain about the start of the 2021-22 school year, but please know that our commitment to safely opening up our schools to full-time, in-person learning has not wavered. For this reason, we will consult with our local health authority, with which we meet weekly, and make decisions accordingly. Following the recommendations is the best way to limit the spread of COVID-19 and keep our schools open.

    As COVID-19 continues to change with new variants, mitigation guidance is also likely to change, and we will be reviewing protocols regularly and partnering with our local health officials to keep our schools safely open. Parents and guardians will be notified of any major changes.

    Please read through our COVID-19 informational guide for details about what we’re doing to limit the impact of the virus and keep our doors open to in-person learning. It includes information about our face-covering policy, a free testing program, quarantine procedures and other COVID safety practices that we’ll be implementing.

    Lastly, following a very successful Summer School program, the Phoenix-Talent team is working hard behind the scenes to get ready for the 2021-22 school year and, though the delta variant presents some challenges, we are very excited about what’s to come. We look forward to a great school year!

    Brent Barry



    Phone: 541-535-1517


    Denise Skinner

    Executive Assistant to the Superintendent


    Phone: 541-535-1517