Barry faces opposition as he seeks third school board term

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By Michele Roberts

District 4 incumbent Peter Barry is facing some opposition in this year's election for his seat on the Lancaster County school board.

Barry, 67, who has served two terms on the board, is being challenged by AnThony Pelham. Barry's focus, though, is on what he hopes to help the school board accomplish during the next term if re-elected.

"I look forward to having the chance to influence policies that will enhance the students' chances of success, as well as policies that will enhance the overall atmosphere of learning in the schools," he said. "And I will be following, with great interest, the single-gender experiment at A.R. Rucker (Middle School) to see if it produces the desired results."

Single-gender classes are being tried for the first time by the Lancaster County School District with sixth-graders at A.R. Rucker. The program separates girls and boys for some classes.

Barry said he would also support a practical expansion plan for Eastside Academy, Lancaster's alternative school, and is interested in encouraging greater cooperation between teachers of the same subject throughout the district.

"I realize that there is not a lot of time for communication between these teachers with all of the responsibilities they have besides teaching," Barry said. "However, I think it's important for them to share information and I would like to see it happen if there is a practical approach that would allow them to make time for it."

A native of New Jersey, Barry came to Lancaster in August 1973. He received his undergraduate degree from Seton Hall in New Jersey, his master's degree from the University of Maine and his doctorate from Wayne State University in Detroit.

He is a history professor at University of South Carolina at Lancaster and his wife, Mary, is the principal of Andrew Jackson High School. They have four grown children, Shawn, Brendan, Bridget and Megan.