Lincoln and Goshen Lane elementary students and staff will welcome new leaders when they return to class next month, but Lincoln's new principal is no stranger to the district.

Lincoln and Goshen Lane elementary students and staff will welcome new leaders when they return to class next month, but Lincoln's new principal is no stranger to the district.

Jim Micciulla, who has worked in various roles over the past eight years at Royal Manor Elementary School, will be Lincoln's principal, replacing Kristen Groves.

Groves will begin a new position with Gahanna-Jefferson as executive director of business and school improvement, effective Aug. 1.

Micciulla, who has been G-J's summer-school coordinator this year and last, already has met with many of Lincoln's staff.

"It's a great team that's caring and compassionate, and they're student-focused people," he said. "I'm excited about working with them. There's also a strong PTO there."

Micciulla began his tenure with G-J in August 2002 as a Royal Manor fourth-grade teacher. Four years later, he became an instructional-support coach at Royal Manor, providing on-site professional development through collaborative data analysis, co-teaching, co-planning and observing, among other tasks.

A principal's position is a role, Micciulla said, he has been preparing to take on.

"It has been a goal," he said. "A principal's role provides the opportunity to have a positive impact on many students and to collaborate with staff."

He's excited to serve Gahanna in this new position, he said.

"We will be building on learning community work the teachers have been doing, integrating technology in relevant ways and continuing to build relationships with students, staff and families," he said.

The school board has approved a two-year contract with Micciulla at an annual salary of $106,818 plus the usual benefits beginning Aug. 1.

Goshen Lane's new principal will be Scott Emery, an administrator who came from the Granville Exempted Village School District.

"I was a principal for 11 years before coming to central-office administration the past two years," Emery told ThisWeek. "What I realized the last two years was that I missed the daily interaction with students and staff as a school principal."

When he heard of an opening for a principal's job in Gahanna, he called Goshen's principal, Chad Reynolds, who couldn't say enough positive things about the elementary.

It was a job, Emery said, he aspired to attain.

Reynolds resigned from G-J to take a middle school principal's job with the Olentangy Local School District.

Prior to working in educational operations in Granville as a curriculum and communications director, Emery worked as principal of Granville Intermediate School from 2002 to 2008 and of Granville Elementary School from 2000 to 2002.

He also served as principal of Wyandot Elementary School in the Dublin City School District from 1997 to 2000.

The board has approved a two-year contract with Emery at an annual salary of $110,892 plus benefits, effective Aug. 1.

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