A public party June 6 will mark the retirement of Ashland High School Principal Jeff Schlecht.

A public party June 6 will mark the retirement of Ashland High School Principal Jeff Schlecht.

The party from 1 to 5 p.m. at the high school football field and small gym is open to the public and will include a program, music, hot-air balloon rides, a jump house for kids and games. Hamburgers, hot dogs and sausages will be available for purchase.

The high school band, jazz band, orchestra, show choir and mixed choir all will perform during the event.

Schlecht has worked in several Rogue Valley school districts, serving as principal at Rogue River High School (1983 to 1985), in the Phoenix/Talent district (1992 to 1998), as principal at Briscoe Elementary (1998-2002) and then as principal at Ashland High since 2002.

— Staff reports