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UA principal will take reins at Stevenson

Search is on for new high school leader as Sayre resigns


The Grandview Heights City School District will have new principals at two of its three buildings when the new school year begins.

Superintendent Ed O'Reilly was set to recommend Angela Ullum as Stevenson Elementary School's next principal at a special board meeting Tuesday, July 2.

Last week, Grandview Heights High School Principal Dawn Sayre submitted her resignation. She will become the principal at Heritage Middle School in Hilliard, the district where she has spent most of her career.

With approval, Ullum, who currently serves as assistant principal at Barrington Elementary School in Upper Arlington, would replace Brian Bowser, who will resign July 31 to become the South-Western City School District's executive director of elementary education.

Ullum would start her new position Aug. 1, O'Reilly said.

She was one of two finalists for the Stevenson position. The other finalist was Leann Knape, an assistant principal for Olentangy Local Schools.

"Angela has an extensive literacy background, and at the elementary level, that's so important," O'Reilly said. "She also has a great deal of experience with intervention and special education."

Ullum has served the past two school years as Barrington's assistant principal. Before that, she was an elementary instructional specialist at Greensview Elementary School in Upper Arlington.

Ullum's "child-based focus" as an educator will fit in well with the Grandview district's mission, O'Reilly said.

The district has begun the search for Sayre's replacement. Wednesday, July 3, was the deadline for applicants.

It is uncertain whether a full-time replacement for Sayre can be hired in time for the new school year, O'Reilly said.

After Wednesday, July 10, school districts do not have to release administrators who are under contract, he said.

"So it's going to be a real push for us to try to get a person named in such a short amount of time," O'Reilly said.

The district may opt to select an interim principal for the high school while a search for a full-time replacement is conducted, he said.

Sayre has made an impact in her two years at the high school, O'Reilly said.

"She has really pushed forward academic rigor at the high school," he said. "She's done a tremendous job for us. We wish her well in her new position."

Sayre worked in Hilliard schools for 14 years before coming to Grandview, including stints as assistant principal at Hilliard Bradley and Hilliard Darby high schools.