Goodbye Mr. Kulas
Brian Kulas’ influence on education and the Medford community was so profound, different generations will likely remember him for different contributions.
Current students in the elementary schools and middle school might know him as the man who teaches their Junior Achievement lessons, or a person who made their Kiwanis bus stop house possible. When they learn about cooperatives in the district’s national-award winning program for the subject, they will again be touched by Kulas’ skill and determination.
High school students looking forward to the annual post prom party will remember him as the czar who was everywhere making sure the event was safe and fun. When they fill out their scholarship application for Medford Education Foundation funds, they might know he was a force driving the group forward. National Honor Society members would know him as the man who led the hall of fame ceremony each year during induction events.
Beyond his recent contributions were decades as a professional educator in the community. Kulas was hired to teach physical education and coach in 1959. He became assistant high school principal in 1968 and was picked to led the high school in 1971. He became assistant district superintendent in 1987, a post he would hold for a dozen more years. In addition to his educational contributions, he spent his lifetime moving community organizations.
See this week's issue of The Star News for more about Brian Kulas.