Upper Arlington News

Greenwald leaving UAHS for central office job


Her predecessor stayed in the top spot at the high school for 17 years, but first-year Upper Arlington High School Principal Emilie Greenwald will move up to a central office position in the fall.

Greenwald replaced Kip Greenhill at the beginning of the school year. She was no stranger to the high school, however – she had served as assistant principal there for six years.

She will begin working as a chief academic officer in the fall, succeeding Associate Superintendent Debi Binkley, who retires June 30.

“The thought of overseeing the district’s instructional program as a whole intrigues me,” Greenwald said. “I am looking forward to the challenge of analyzing all of the pieces, from elementary to middle to high school, to ensure our academic program meets the needs of our students and prepares them for future endeavors.”

Prior to coming to Upper Arlington, Greenwald taught math at Linworth Alternative High School in Worthington. Before that, she served four years in administration and as a teacher at Columbus Jewish Day School.

She received her bachelor’s degree in English, mathematics and secondary education from the University of Dayton and also earned a master’s degree in educational leadership.

“I will definitely miss seeing the students each day,” Greenwald said. “I’ve been coming to a school building, as either a teacher or a building administrator, for the past 16 years, so I know it will be a shift for me to be away from the kids.”

Director of Communication Dan Donovan said the district is seeking a new principal for the high school. He said Greenwald’s salary and benefits are yet to be determined.

Other changes

In other administrative changes, Julie Nolan will replace Steve Scarpitti June 30 as principal at Windermere Elementary School.
Scarpitti has been with the district since 1978.

Nolan has served as principal at Scioto Ridge Elementary School since 2002. Before that, she held teaching and administrative positions at Lakota Local Schools and Indian Hills Exempted Village Schools.

She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in educational administration from Xavier University.

Treasurer Andy Geistfeld said Nolan will be paid a base salary of $102,000 and benefits of $9,180 annually.

In addition, Donovan, who had been with the district since 1968, left his position June 5. Karen Truett, who had been public information officer at Olentangy Local Schools, replaced him.

The Upper Arlington Board of Education approved a two-year contract for Truett May 13, with an annual salary of $85,000 and annuity of $7,650.

Truett served five years with the Olentangy district after a two-year stint with Newark City Schools, also as a communications director. She graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Kathleen Jenney will replace Steve Phillips as director for personnel services when he retires July 31. Phillips has been with the district since 1975.

Jenney’s annual salary will be $120,000 plus benefits worth $10,800.

Jenney is currently superintendent of Galion City Schools, a position she has held since 2007. Before coming to Galion schools in 1994, she taught at Colonel Crawford High School in North Robinson, Ohio.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Otterbein University, a master’s degree in educational administration from Ashland University and a doctorate degree from Ashland.

Jenney has also served as an adjunct professor at Ashland, Mount Vernon Nazarene and Bowling Green State universities.