Dr. Thomas Barry New Interim Principal at PRHS
Help us welcome Dr. Thomas Barry to the Easton USD 449 family! Dr. Thomas Barry has been chosen to serve as the Interim Principal at Pleasant Ridge High School for the 20-21 school year. Dr. Barry brings a wealth of experience in high school administration.
Tom grew up on a farm near Hastings, Nebraska where he learned a strong work ethic on the farm. He also became highly involved in school activities including band, choir, drama, student government, and several different sports. After high school, Dr. Barry completed his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Science and Education at Hastings College. Tom student taught at Wyandotte High School through a special program designed to prepare teachers for a career in the inner city. For 13 years he served the KCK school district as a teacher, coach, high school assistant principal, and middle school principal. Along the way, Tom completed a Master’s Degree in Multicultural Education at Kansas State University and a School Administration Certification through Emporia State University. In 1993, he left KCK to help open Blue Valley Northwest High School as an assistant principal. During his seven years in Blue Valley, Dr. Barry completed his Doctorate Degree in Teaching and Leadership through Kansas University. In 2000, he was chosen to serve as principal at Olathe East High School where he stayed in that position until his retirement in 2011. However, retirement did not last long as Leavenworth Public Schools hired Dr. Barry later that summer to be principal at Leavenworth High. He served at Leavenworth for 6 years until 2017. Since that time he has worked as a substitute principal in the Olathe and Blue Valley school districts and has also served as an adjunct professor at Baker University.
Dr. Barry and his wife, Karen, have two children, Christopher and Michaela. Karen is also an educator, teaching 6th grade at Indian Trail Middle school in Olathe. In July they will celebrate their 39th year of marriage.
Tom enjoys reading, playing golf, boating, college sports, and going to the World Champion Kansas City Chiefs football games.
Dr. Barry is very excited for the opportunity to serve as Interim Principal at Pleasant Ridge and can't wait to meet the staff, students and families in the community. To quote Dr. Barry, “I know that together, we will make great things happen at Pleasant Ridge this year. Go Rams!”
This is the calendar information for the 2020-2021 school year. At this time, we are hopeful the 2020-2021 school year will start on time and in a normal setting.
Notice is hereby given pursuant to the provisions of K.S.A. 25-2022, of a vacancy in the membership of the Board of Education of Unified School District No. 449, Leavenworth County, Kansas, and that such vacancy shall be filled by appointment of the Board of Education for the remainder of the unexpired term not sooner than 15 days following publication of this notice.
Such vacancy exists by reason of resignation of Mrs. Kim Sachse, who represented board member district 2-5. Board district 2-5 generally consists of the South quadrant of Unified School District #449. For more information about the vacancy, contact Mrs. Kimberly Allison, Clerk of the Board.
Availability of Services for Students with Special Needs
Your local school district and all public schools in Kansas provide free special education services for eligible exceptional children ages 3 through 21 or high school graduation. Parents are encouraged to seek assistance from teachers, principals or other professionals if they have questions regarding their child’s progress in school. ...read more