Andy Wilkinson is changing jobs.
One thing he won’t change, though, is the Celtic-knot logo that’s displayed on the chest of his shirts.
Wilkinson gets to keep the wardrobe he had acquired while serving as assistant principal at Dublin Jerome High School, a role he has had since 2013.
Grizzell Middle School, where Wilkinson will serve as principal starting Aug. 1, also has the Celtic knot as its logo.
“It’s a nice bonus,” the Worthington resident said.
Wilkinson, 43, said he is happy to return to his middle school roots -- he taught math at Sells Middle School for nine years -- and is thankful the move allows him to remain within the Dublin City School District.
“I couldn’t imagine anything better,” he said.
Wilkinson’s new role was made official April 13, when the school board voted 5-0 to approve the move.
Wilkinson will receive a salary of $109,692 and a benefits package worth about $32,907.60, for a total compensation of $142,599.60, said district spokesman Doug Baker.
His salary at Jerome is $108,445, with a benefits package of roughly $32,533.50, for a total compensation of $140,978.50, Baker said.
Wilkinson replaces Grizzell principal Corinne Evans, who is retiring. Evans said she is indebted to the Grizzell community for its support over the past six years.
“It has been a true honor to spend my career teaching and leading in the Dublin City Schools,” she said. “It is an amazing community and, in many ways, has been my second family for 34 years.
Evans has been a ‘fabulous leader,’ said Superintendent Todd Hoadley, and has focused on developing relationships with students and ensuring Grizzell was a child-centered building.
Hoadley said Wilkinson also is student-centered, with a fantastic work ethic and leadership skills acquired while working at Jerome.
“Andy just hit the ground running” when he transitioned from Sells to Jerome several years ago, Hoadley said.
The district received 65 applications from internal and external candidates for the Grizzell principal position, Hoadley said. The district narrowed the pool to six, who were interviewed virtually with a panel that included parents, teachers and building administrators, he said.
Wilkinson was selected as a finalist for the position, as was Robert Walter, who serves as assistant principal at Benjamin Logan Local School District’s Benjamin Logan High School.
Hoadley said he is excited for Wilkinson’s new role.
“He has really worked hard,” Hoadley said. “He has been a learner.”
Wilkinson has served as assistant principal at Jerome since 2013. He taught at Sells from 2004 through 2013. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Denison University, a master’s degree in middle childhood education from the Ohio State University and a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Dayton.
Being part of the Dublin community for the past 16 years has been rewarding, Wilkinson said.
Once he moves to Grizzell, he said, he wants to pick up where Evans left off.
“She’s a very strong instructional leader,” he said.
Wilkinson said he wants to foster a strong culture of caring and unity like Evans has done and look for ways he and others could improve students’ middle school experience.