Becoming assistant superintendent for Canal Winchester schools was the natural next step in her career as far as Kiya Hunt is concerned.
"It interested me. It is a challenge that I'm ready to take," she said.
The Canal Winchester Board of Education voted May 19 to hire Hunt to succeed Barb Harrison, who will retire July 1 after serving the district for 36 years.
Hunt will start her new job Aug. 1. She has served as principal at Pickerington High School North for the past two years. Before that, she was a lead assistant principal at Pickerington High School Central and Lakeview Junior High School for four years.
She also served as the athletics director for three years at Appleton West High School in Appleton, Wis.
Hunt's teaching experience in high school biology includes three years at Gahanna Lincoln High School, one year at Reynoldsburg High School and two years at Kenton High School.
Hunt will be paid a base salary of $98,340, according to the terms of a two-year contract.
She also will receive $378 per day as a consultant for up to 10 days as she makes the transition into her new job.
Hunt expects to receive her superintendent's license in June. She said she will be working over the course of the next year to get to know the staff, students and parents.
"Obviously, in the next short period of time, I'll be trying to learn as much as I can from Barb and just really becoming a part of the (Canal Winchester) family," she said.
Canal Winchester Superintendent Jim Sotlar said Hunt has some "very big shoes to fill," but he recommended her to the board "without reservation."
"Kiya is a highly responsible, confident individual," Sotlar said. "She has a passionate desire for academic excellence and she fully understands the importance of achieving this academic excellence by making sure we recruit, develop and maintain great teachers, administrators and support staff.
"She is highly energetic, motivated, compassionate, data-driven and results-oriented," he added. "She also demonstrates professional thinking. She has respect for the families and the students in our district."