Rocky Fork Enterprise

District on fast track to hire new high school principal

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A new Gahanna Lincoln High School principal is expected to be hired by mid-April.

During a March 6 school board work session, Superintendent Francis Scruci said the posting for candidates to apply for the high school principal position was open until Tuesday, March 11.

Principal Dwight Carter will leave to become principal of New Albany High School at the end of this school year.

Human-resources director Matt Cygnor said he had received about 30 applications for the job by late last week. The job vacancy was listed on the district's website and on the Ohio Department of Education's.

"It's not uncommon for people to apply at the last minute," he said. "As we get closer to the deadline, more will probably apply. People are calling me. People who are interested will apply. When you post on the ODE, you post to the world. We'll get it narrowed down. We'll have good people."

Scruci said he has been meeting with each high school department, asking staff members what characteristics they're seeking in the next principal.

Student and parent input also is being taken into consideration, he said.

Based on information he's already gathered, Scruci said, they are looking for a candidate with experience with diversity, someone willing to think outside the box and not penalize for failure.

"The staff is happy they're being included in the process," Scruci said.

He said second-round interviews would be held with several panels that include a department chairman, a student, a parent, a community member and an administrator.

"I hope a board member will sit in on a panel," Scruci said. "I'd like to be on the student panel. I'd like to see the interaction between the principal and student. That's Dwight's strength. We'll try to narrow it down based on what we've heard."

He said he hopes to have a candidate for the board to consider April 10.

"That's an aggressive timeline," he said. "If we go beyond April, I think we'll lose good candidates."

Scruci said he's optimistic about the quality of candidates.

Carter has worked in the district since August 1994, when he taught eighth-grade American history at Gahanna Middle School South. He also worked in the district as Middle School East principal and assistant principal at Lincoln High School.

Carter said the New Albany job gave him a great opportunity for a new challenge.

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