Gahanna school leaders want to talk about Lincoln High School, 140 S. Hamilton Road – specifically, how it is aging.

The Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools will host a series of “Community Conversations” to gather ideas from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, and 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at Clark Hall, 380 Granville St.

“We are excited to meet with our community to talk about how we might address our aging high school facility,” said Steve Barrett, district superintendent. “We expect these conversations to be open, exciting and engaging. We are interested in everyone’s ideas and perspectives, and we are really looking forward to hearing from as many people as possible.”

Barrett said parts of the high school are 100 years old, and the building has had a series of modifications and additions.

The district would like to enhance security, safety and efficiency, and relieve congestion in common areas when students move between classes, he said.

A larger goal is “creating a 21st-century learning environment with modern and innovative learning spaces that allow for collaborative learning, creative exploration and critical thinking,” Barrett said.

Judy Hengstebeck, the district’s communications coordinator, said each session will begin with a brief presentation led by Barrett, who will share a snapshot of the district’s current situation and some of the parameters which need to be considered when thinking about high school solutions.

She said he will discuss such factors as timing, funding and enrollment projections.

Following Barrett’s presentation, community members will participate in small-group exercises.

To reserve a spot at one of the conversations, register at