Barry Shelofsky | retired principal
For a retired guy, Barry Shelovsky is pretty busy. “When the weather’s good,” he says, “I go skiing on Thursdays. And I do taxes for senior citizens every Monday as an AARP Tax Aide.” On Tuesdays, he’s at Heiman Elementary early in the morning, where he volunteers in the library. “Check books in, check books out, put books back on the shelves,” he says. “Whatever needs to be done.”
Handling library books is a far cry from Barry’s days as a District 6 principal. But he doesn’t think of it that way. He sees himself as taking care of the “menial tasks” so that teachers can focus on what’s important: the kids. “Our educators are incredibly dedicated,” he says. “The amount of effort they put in every day for their students is remarkable.”
To Barry, a quality educational system uplifts the entire community. Which means a strong school district is everyone’s business. It’s about parents, teachers, administrators, coaches, and staff all working together to create an environment in which students are able to achieve success. Because the challenges are greater – and the stakes higher – than they ever have been before.
“We’re all in this together,” says Barry. “People just can’t opt out of supporting our kids.”