The Gahanna-Jefferson schools announced today, May 23, that Lincoln High School principal Bobby Dodd is resigning to take a position as principal of a large high school near Cincinnati.

“It is with mixed emotions that we share news that Gahanna Lincoln High School principal Bobby Dodd has accepted an offer to become principal of William Mason High School,” Superintendent Steve Barrett said in a news release. “William Mason is the largest public high school in Ohio, and we know this position will provide him unique challenges and professional opportunities.”

Mason High School is in the Mason City Schools District in the Cincinnati suburb of Mason.

The high school’s enrollment exceeds 3,300 students in grades 9-12, according to Niche.com, which provides analysis of K-12 schools throughout the U.S.

Dodd said he’ll miss the students and staff at Gahanna Lincoln, and he has enjoyed being a part of its growth over the years.

“While it’s difficult to leave a place as special as Gahanna Lincoln, my family and I are excited for the new opportunity at Mason High School,” he said. “I want to thank everyone in the Gahanna community for their continued support over the years.”

Dodd’s resignation is effective July 31, when his current contract expires.

Judy Hengstebeck, G-J communications coordinator, said Dodd’s contract would have been renewed with an effective date of Aug. 1 (pending board approval at the May 24 meeting)

“Bobby has been an exceptional leader for our high school students, for our faculty and staff and within the greater Gahanna community,” Barrett said. “While he will be missed, this is an important milestone in his educational career, and we wish him continued success.”

Dodd was hired as Gahanna Lincoln’s principal in August 2014. He previously was principal at New Lexington High School.

Barrett said Gahanna Lincoln has a committed team of assistant principals who will help with the transition.

“Our administration will swiftly initiate a professional search of candidates both inside and outside the district for the next principal of our high school, and we will involve teachers, parents, students and community members in the process,” he said.

Barrett said he expects to have a new high school principal in place by the start of the 2018-19 academic year.

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