Brian Lidle has had his eye on Davis Middle School for some time.

Brian Lidle has had his eye on Davis Middle School for some time.

Even though he was happy as principal of Orange Middle School in the Olentangy Local School District, when the same position opened up at Davis, Lidle said, he couldn't resist.

"Davis Middle School, in part, has been a school I've kept my eye on," he said. "It's just a school I had heard great things about and I heard outstanding things about the community.

"I kept my eye on it. It was a school I constantly compared (Orange Middle School) results with because there are a lot of similarities."

Lidle will begin his first school year at Davis Middle School on Aug. 27.

He got his start in education at Westland High School, where he moved from the classroom to assistant principal.

"I was at Orange Middle School four years as principal," he said. "I have eight years of administration (experience) coming into this job. I transitioned into administration when I was at Westland High School. I went from being a teacher to assistant principal. It feels like yesterday."

Even though he got his start as a high school teacher, Lidle said, being at the middle school level was always a goal. In fact, his teaching license is in social studies for grades 7 to 12.

"When I started my career, people talked about how much of an impact you make on the lives of middle school children," he said.

"In high school, you can make a great impact as well, but middle school is more moldable."

After applying for jobs at the middle school level, Lidle could only find something in high school.

"When the opportunity came up to take a middle school in Olentangy, I jumped at it," he said.

"I love high school kids, but middle school is definitely my niche. I get them. I understand the kids and really like them."

As for starting in new territory, Lidle said, he's looking forward to getting to know the staff, students and parents.

"The first important thing is to get in there and just be a part of the kids' lives and be something they can trust and someone they can count on," he said.

"I want to be someone who will help them establish themselves academically so in life they can have choices.

"Outside of that, I want to see Davis Middle School continue with their great achievement. I want to continue to help support our kids and our parents and continue to support the staff to provide the best education possible."

While he will be putting in hours getting to know Davis Middle School, Lidle still will make time for his wife, two daughters and son.

"Being there for my family is of the utmost importance to me," he said.

"Students, families and the staff at Davis are a high priority and I hope to get to learn them and have a chance for them to learn about me."