Upper Arlington City Schools News Article

Superintendent's Notes: District to remain focused on mission during transition

Kathy JenneyOver the past 10 years, I have been honored to serve the students, staff and families of the Upper Arlington Schools and to work alongside Dr. Paul Imhoff, most recently as the associate superintendent for human resources and operations. As Dr. Imhoff retires as the superintendent of Upper Arlington Schools and moves on to his next chapter, I want to share my deepest gratitude for his service over the past decade. Thanks to his leadership, Upper Arlington continues to be a lighthouse school district in the state of Ohio and across the nation — setting the standard in academic achievement and success for our students.

It is truly my honor to step into the role as interim superintendent for the next several months and to be the first woman to serve as the leader of the Upper Arlington Schools. I am grateful for this opportunity and the support of the Board of Education. I am prepared to serve in this capacity to ensure a seamless transition to our next superintendent, and I then plan to retire at the end of July 2023 after more than three decades in public education.

As you may know, the Board of Education is continuing to work with Hazard, Young, Attea and Associates (HYA) in the search for our next leader. Board of Education President Lori Trent shared in December that the search is going very well, and she expects to have more updates to share with the community in January. You can find updates on our website at www.uaschools.org/2022SuperintendentSearch.aspx.

As we move forward over the next several months, our district will remain intently focused on our mission — to challenge and support every student, every step of the way. An important part of that will be our continued implementation of our multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) framework. MTSS, put simply, is how we meet every student where they are so they can achieve at the highest possible academic levels. We started this work at the elementary level during the 2021-2022 school year, and we are strengthening the processes at the secondary level this year so that we offer a strong continuum of support for all students. 

We will also be continuing our work stemming from the Listen Learn Lead community engagement process, launched by the Board of Education in the spring of 2022. Based on the community feedback from this process, we have identified several recommendations in the areas of student engagement, financial accountability and communication. Last month, we shared an implementation plan with the Board of Education, outlining work that has already been completed, is underway or will soon be getting underway in these areas. That report is available on our website at www.uaschools.org/ListenLearnLead.aspx.

Included in the report are plans for another series of community roundtable discussions in the spring of 2023 to continue the conversations on how to make our schools the best they can be. Dates and more details will be coming soon.  

At the heart of all of this work is our students — and ensuring we are helping our students learn and grow to their fullest potential. I want to thank you for your partnership, and I look forward to more opportunities to connect with you in the new year.  

Kathy Jenney, Ed.D., is the interim superintendent of the Upper Arlington Schools.

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