Gahanna Lincoln High School academic officer Jessica N. Slocum is poised to become the next Lincoln principal effective Aug. 1.

Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools announced June 28 that Slocum would be the next leader, pending approval by the board of education July 9.

"Jessica is a collaborative educator who values shared leadership and team-building," said Steve Barrett, superintendent. "She has worked with teachers on curriculum, instruction and assessment this past school year."

Barrett said Slocum brings a wealth of knowledge with graduation pathways, workforce development and academic programming.

"I am humbled and honored to serve as the next principal of Gahanna Lincoln High School," Slocum said. "Gahanna Lincoln is a phenomenal school community that is rich in diversity.

"I am excited to build on the strong foundation of GLHS, as we lead and learn together," she said.

In her current position as academic officer, Slocum has an annual salary of $107,189.

As Lincoln's principal, she would receive a salary of $126,738 plus her current benefits package valued at $26,766 for a total annual package of $153,504.

The Pickerington resident received her master's degree in education nearly a decade ago and her principal licensure in 2016.

She has held progressively responsible roles in education in the Olentangy district as a teacher and assistant principal before joining Gahanna as academic officer in August 2017.

"We are excited about Jessica's vision for the high school and look for her to do great things in her new role as the Lincoln High School principal," Barrett said.

He said Slocum was chosen for the job after reviewing feedback from more than 300 students, parents and staff members.

More than 80 stakeholders participated in the interview process to help the district define the characteristics desired in the new high school principal, according to Barrett.

He said the district received 52 applications for the principal position, although many of the applicants had little or no administrative experience.

The role Slocum vacates as academic officer will be filled, said Judy Hengstebeck, district communications coordinator.

She said Barrett makes the final recommendation on hires, based on an intensive interview process involving staff, administrators and community members.

The board ultimately approves the new hire.

The district announced last month that current Lincoln principal Bobby Dodd was resigning to take a position as principal of William Mason High School near Cincinnati.

His resignation is effective July 31.

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