Ryan McClure said fostering a flexible, "student-centered" culture will be one of his goals when he succeeds Emilie Greenwald as principal at Upper Arlington High School.

Ryan McClure said fostering a flexible, "student-centered" culture will be one of his goals when he succeeds Emilie Greenwald as principal at Upper Arlington High School.

The Upper Arlington Board of Education was expected to discuss McClure's contract and vote to hire him June 26. His official start date would be Aug. 1.

According to Karen Truett, director of communications for the district, McClure's two-year contract is for a base salary of $124,000 annually plus $11,160 in benefits, including an annuity.

Greenwald replaced longtime UAHS Principal Kip Greenhill last year, after serving as assistant principal at the high school for six years. She will move to a central office position in the fall, as chief academic officer.

McClure has been principal at Hilliard Darby High School since 2008.

He said he has known Greenhill for the past 11 years and was attracted to the "tradition and welcoming feel" of the Upper Arlington community.

"Upper Arlington High School is similar in size to Darby, but a one-high-school community has its advantages," he said. "The community supports and is all about the Golden Bears. There is a tremendous amount of alumni and a respected tradition at the high school."

McClure said he has been enjoying meeting staff members, community members and students.

"I will be getting to know staff members, then working with the administrative team to begin to goal-set," he said.

Stepping away from Darby will not be easy, though, he said.

"I will miss a great school community that had a tremendous amount of pride in Darby and what we built over the years," he said. "We lost a number of students when the district opened Hilliard Bradley but created a new and better building culture."

New Upper Arlington Superintendent Paul Imhoff, who recommended McClure, said during his tenure at Darby, McClure "fostered an atmosphere that embraced technology, expanded dual-enrollment programs and facilitated increases in the building's Performance Index and Advanced Placement scores."

"I was impressed with Ryan's dedication to kids and creating a positive school climate," Imhoff said.

McClure said he is looking forward to fostering a successful, safe building climate for students at Upper Arlington High School.

"I'm looking forward to becoming a part of the community in Upper Arlington," he said. "Re-energizing the school atmosphere and fostering a strong building culture are huge priorities of mine."

He said the staff educational philosophy will be student-centered.

"I think it is important to prepare students for a 21st-century education and to help them become contributing members of society," he said. "We have to prepare them for what they want to do after high school or after the university.

"Career education has changed tremendously over the years," he said. "We know we have to be flexible in helping kids choose their goals."

Before taking the position in Hilliard, McClure was assistant principal and athletic director for South-Western City Schools and principal of Licking Heights High School in Pataskala.

He began his career in education as a business teacher and basketball coach.

"I think this is an exciting time to join the Upper Arlington school district," McClure said. "I look forward to getting to know the new superintendent and his vision and working with a number of new administrators. It is an exciting time to join this team."