Rocky Fork Enterprise

Dodd to become Lincoln High School principal Aug. 1


The Gahanna-Jefferson Board of Education on April 15 approved a two-year contract with Robert (Bobby) Dodd as Lincoln High School's new principal.

He will receive a base salary of $121,221 plus benefits valued at $32,581, for an annual salary package of $153,802, through July 31, 2016.

Dodd has served as principal of New Lexington High School since 2011.

He will replace principal Dwight Carter, who is resigning at the end of the school year to become principal of New Albany High School.

Superintendent Francis Scruci said Dodd has a high energy level matched by few.

“He talked to students and staff about being lifelong learners,” he said.

Dodd said he and his family are very excited about moving to Gahanna.

“I know the kids are great,” he said. “I knew this was the right place for me. I'm thankful we're here, and we'll do great things here in Gahanna.”

Dodd previously worked as a technology education teacher at New Lexington High School and Crooksville High School from 2001 to 2011.

His educational vision, he said, is to prepare every student for lifetime learning opportunities while providing collaborative and innovative learning environments, allowing all students the opportunity to succeed.

He was named a BestEdTech Educator Leader Innovator Award" finalist through the Ohio Educational Technology Conference in 2013.

Dodd also was named Connected Educator of the Month by the Ohio Appalachian Collaborative in 2013.

He received a bachelor's degree in history from John Carroll University in 1995; a law degree from St. Thomas University in Miami Lakes, Fla., in 1999; a bachelor's degree in information technology from DeVry University in 2000; and a Master of Arts in educational leadership from the University of Cincinnati in 2009.

Dodd uses social media to communicate with district stakeholders, according to his resume.

At New Lexington, he maintained a principal's blog to discuss educational views, school events and professional development.