Pickerington High School North will be under new leadership next year due to district reshuffling.

Pickerington High School North will be under new leadership next year due to district reshuffling.

Before the 2012-13 school year starts, Cindi Goldhaber, North's principal for the past four years, will leave to become an instructional advisor in the district's teaching and learning department.

Goldhaber will be replaced by Kiya Hunt, who has served the past two years as an assistant principal at PHS Central.

Both employee transfers were approved unanimously by the PIckerington Board of Education at its meeting Monday, March 26.

Goldhaber said her duties as a teaching and learning instructional advisor will be defined in the next few months. Her transfer expands the department, which helps guide the development of curriculum and teacher evaluation, in keeping with state standards, from three employees to four.

"(Being North's principal) is the best job I've had in my 30 years in education," Goldhaber said. "I will really miss this staff and working with this staff, which has been super to me and helped me on my path.

"It's hard to leave such a supportive environment (but) I didn't really know I had such a passion for curriculum until I had the opportunity to lead it as a high school principal," she said. "Now I would like to help other building principals understand how to make great teaching and learning happen in their buildings. I'm happy that the district administration believes in my abilities to serve more of our students at a different level."

In coordinating education for the more than 10,000 students in the district, Goldhaber said the teaching and learning department provides teacher training and assists them in the implementation of lessons. It oversees all state-mandated testing, she said, develops district improvement plans, works closely with building principals and coordinates instruction and curriculum for students taking gifted, special education and English-learning courses.

"This department of four has to make sure what the board approves lines up with what is required by the State Board of Education," she said. "We handle anything that has to do with instruction, testing and accommodations for unique instruction for students."

Goldhaber was an assistant principal at Hilliard Davidson High School for 10 years prior to becoming PHS North's principal. She also was an assistant junior high principal in the Reynoldsburg School District and a guidance counselor at Upper Arlington High School.

Hunt is in her second year as assistant principal at Central. Prior to that, she spent two years as an assistant principal at Lakeview Junior High and she previously was an athletic director at a school district in Wisconsin. She also has taught in the Gahanna, Kenton and Reynoldsburg school districts.

She said becoming a full-time principal was a goal.

"The more I've progressed professionally, I've been put in positions that allowed me to be in leadership roles," Hunt said. "I'm just excited for the opportunity to work with the staff, students and parents at North."

Hunt said her top priorities on becoming North's principal will include better familiarizing herself with teachers and staff.

She also said she'll focus on ensuring North is keeping pace with changes to state requirements for testing, curriculum and student and teacher performance.

"The most important thing is just going to be talking with staff and getting to know them," Hunt said. "Instructionally, we'll need to move toward the 'common core' requirements of the state."

As a junior high assistant principal, Hunt said she has experience with the district's "vertical alignment" of curriculum, designed to meet student performance goals as they move from junior high to high school. She said her time at Central also has allowed her to work with the PHS North staff, particularly on matters of professional development