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Briggs to make $115K as new schools superintendent

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The Northridge Board of Education on Dec. 17 is expected to formally hire Chris Briggs as its next superintendent.

According to a Northridge press release, Briggs is expected to start on Jan. 14, 2013, at an annual salary of $115,000, plus benefits.

Briggs has served as regional executive director for Columbus City Schools since the start of the 2011-12 school year. He previously served as principal of New Albany Intermediate School for eight years and was principal at Hamilton Township High School prior to that. He also spent nine years with South-Western City Schools in administrative and classroom roles.

Briggs earned his Doctorate of Education degree in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University and his master's in educational policy and leadership and educational administration from the Ohio State University.

"We made the offer; he accepted the offer," said George Tombaugh, assistant superintendent with the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio. Tombaugh has served as the district's interim superintendent since September. He said a contract is being created, and the board will take official action during the Dec. 17 meeting.

Tombaugh said staff and community members had an opportunity to meet Briggs during a Dec. 8 "meet the candidates" event, which also featured another finalist, Matthew Lutz, executive director of education of the Mid-Ohio Educational Service Center.

Tombaugh said those who met Briggs found him "warm and personable," as well as knowledgeable.

"They just thought he was very engaging," Tombaugh said.

He said those who met Briggs seemed impressed with how he had expressed his ideas and with his credentials as a special-education and intervention teacher. They said they believed Briggs could lead Northridge in a positive direction, was down to earth and has a "wonderful attitude."

"He was one of the candidates Dr. Tombaugh brought to us," board member Doug Hart said. "He brings so much to the table."

Hart said Briggs has a wide range of experience, including being one of the people in charge of many Columbus schools. He said Briggs has a terrific communication plan.

"The principals that got to meet him were thrilled," Hart said. "Everything just pointed to 'get him if we can.'"

Former Superintendent John Shepard resigned his position Sept. 14 but remains with the district as educational operations consultant for the rest of his contract, which expires July 31, 2013. He will work mainly from home.

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