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Darby principal

McClure hired by Upper Arlington

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Ryan McClure said fostering a flexible, "student-centered" culture will be one of his goals when he succeeds Emilie Greenwald as principal at Upper Arlington High School.

The Upper Arlington school board was expected to discuss McClure's contract and vote to hire him June 26. His official start date would be Aug. 1.

According to Karen Truett, director of communications for the Upper Arlington district, McClure's two-year contract is for a base salary of $124,000 annually plus $11,160 in benefits, including an annuity.

McClure has been principal at Hilliard Darby High School since 2008.

"Upper Arlington High School is similar in size to Darby, but a one-high-school community has its advantages," McClure said. "The community supports and is all about the Golden Bears. There is a tremendous amount of alumni and a respected tradition at the high school."

Stepping away from Darby will not be easy, though, McClure said.

"I will miss a great school community that had a tremendous amount of pride in Darby and what we built over the years," he said. "We lost a number of students when the district opened Hilliard Bradley but created a new and better building culture."

McClure said he developed close and strong ties during his six years at Darby High School, five of those as principal.

"I loved the kids and had a great staff and will always be thankful for the time I had there," he said.

New Upper Arlington Superintendent Paul Imhoff, who recommended McClure, said during his tenure at Darby, McClure "fostered an atmosphere that embraced technology, expanded dual-enrollment programs and facilitated increases in the building's Performance Index and Advanced Placement scores."

"I was impressed with Ryan's dedication to kids and creating a positive school climate," Imhoff said.

Before taking the position in Hilliard, McClure was assistant principal and athletics director for South-Western City Schools and principal of Licking Heights High School in Pataskala.

He began his career in education as a business teacher and basketball coach.

-- ThisWeek reporter Kevin Corvo contributed to this story.

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