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Principals leaving UAHS, Barrington Elementary School

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The Upper Arlington school district is seeking new principals at the high school and at Barrington Elementary School.

Ryan McClure, who has been principal at UAHS for one year, is leaving when the school year ends to take a position with the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO).

McClure replaced Emilie Greenwald, who also served as high school principal for just one year after serving as assistant principal for six years. Her predecessor, Kip Greenhill, stayed in the top spot at the high school for 17 years.

Greenwald left her post to become the district's chief academic officer.

Karen Truett, district director of communication, said Jones Middle School Principal Shelly Hughes is also leaving.

"Barrington Principal Jason Fine will take Shelly's place at Jones, so we will also be looking for a new principal at Barrington," she said.

Before coming to Upper Arlington, McClure was principal at Hilliard Darby High School.

Director of Human Resources Kathy Jenney said the UA district will take applications for the high school vacancy until April 24. Officials hope to hold first-round interviews the week of April 28.

"Second-round interviews, including building tours with students and facilitated conversations with staff and parents, will take place the week of May 5," Jenney said.

The final selection and recommendation of a candidate to the school board is expected to take place in mid-May so the new principal can start July 1, she said.

Jenney said the district will follow a similar search process for the Barrington job, with applications closing April 25 and first-round interviews also scheduled the week of May 5.

A final selection and a recommendation to the school board is expected to take place the week of May 27, with a new principal starting Aug. 1 at Barrington Elementary School.

Jenney said the district is launching a new online hiring process.

"We will be using Teacher Match, which helps to create a large pool of candidates," she said. "Our search process will then become more streamlined."

She said teachers take an application test online that has a 75-second response time or questions time out.

"We want to hear their first instinct in answering the questions," she said. "The online program scores candidates and analyzes their strengths."

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