Rocky Fork Enterprise

Former bus driver to lead G-J's transportation department


Former Gahanna-Jefferson Pubic Schools bus driver and assistant transportation coordinator Joyce Barrowman has taken over the wheel as transportation coordinator.

Danita Rousch retired from the position Jan. 10.

Rousch has worked for G-J for 12 years as an assistant transportation coordinator and as transportation supervisor over the district 55-bus fleet for the past four years.

"We are sad to see her (Rousch) go," Tracey May, representing the Ohio Association of Public School Employees, said during the Jan. 10 board meeting. "She's going to Florida, where it's warm. We're excited about Joyce."

Barrowman, a Johnstown resident, worked as a G-J bus driver from 1990 to 1996 and as G-J assistant transportation coordinator from 1996 to 1999. Barrowman worked at Dublin City Schools as transportation supervisor from 2005 to 2007. Her first day back in Gahanna was Dec. 3.

"It is nice to be home again," Barrowman told ThisWeek. "It was great working within the Gahanna school district in the past, and I am looking forward to the future."

In addition to recognizing Rousch's retirement Jan. 10, the board approved retirement resignations for two other employees.

Lincoln High School assistant principal Ralph Walton is retiring from the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio, effective Feb. 28. He has worked in the Gahanna school district for 13 years.

Lincoln High School social studies teacher David Woodruff also will retire Feb. 28. He has worked in the district for 35 years, and he coached tennis for many years.