Columbus City Schools has a new superintendent.

Talisa Dixon, who served as a Columbus City Schools principal from 2001 to 2010 and just concluded a five-year tenure as superintendent of Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District, officially began her new role last week.

She has visited several Columbus schools already, including South High School, connecting with educators, students, and families.

Thursday, March 14, south Columbus residents can meet her, too.

On behalf of Southside STAY and in partnership with the Columbus South Side Area Commission and Community Development for All People, I cordially invite all south Columbus stakeholders to meet and welcome Dr. Dixon at a "Community Exchange" in the Barack Community Center, 580 E. Woodrow Ave.

Starting at 6 p.m., community members can mingle with and hear from Dr. Dixon, connect with area education leaders and share feedback about the issues and priorities that matter most to you.

Refreshments and childcare will be provided. RSVP for free childcare to

Can't make it in person? Share feedback, comments or questions for Dixon with Area Commission education chairwoman Anne Stewart at Please include a full name and contact information and indicate whether a follow-up is desired. Some of these questions and comments can be addressed during the evening as time permits. Any feedback not shared because of time constraints will be forwarded directly to Dixon.

Dixon began her education career as a social studies teacher in Akron Public Schools. She is a native of Oxford, Mississippi, and earned three master of arts degrees (sociology, educational administration and secondary education) and a doctorate in educational administration from the University of Akron.

Southside STAY is a grassroots community organization that works to support and empower neighborhood public schools in the Columbus South High School pathway.

The STAY board of directors meets every second Monday at 8 p.m. Meeting locations rotate. Please contact if you would like to attend.

The Columbus South Side Area Commission affords additional voluntary citizen participation in decision-making in an advisory capacity to the Columbus City administration and City Council, and to facilitate communication, understanding and cooperation among citizens, neighborhood groups, city officials and staff, and other stakeholders by performing those functions and duties set forth in the city's charter.

Commission meetings are open to the public and take place every fourth Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Parsons Branch Library. Community Development for All People was formed 2003 with the mission of improving the quality of life for south Columbus residents.

CD4AP acts as a catlyst for collaborations with key strategic partners to improve the quality of life for residents through individual and community services. It operates an after-school program and summer Freedom School at Lincoln Park Elementary School.

Southside STAY Board Chairman Mike Alcock submitted the Village Notebook column.