Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Message

When looking for a school district to educate your child, you want a secure, caring environment that addresses the needs of the individual, with academics that prepare students to meet the 21st century challenges of everyday life, future education needs, career opportunities and a global economy.

The Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools (GJPS) meet these criteria. The district has systematically built and achieved goals that provide our children with access to high level educational success. We are driven by a single, primary focus—Students Come First!

In May 2011, we passed a 5.2 mill operating levy that will provide economic stability for the next three years. GJPS has a long tradition of offering an outstanding education while being fiscally responsible. Aligning with state and national standards, creating differentiated classrooms to personalize instruction and developing measures for accountability, our students excel. Our "Excellent" rating on the 2010 State Report Card and our Performance Index score of 99.9 means more students are testing at higher levels. As well, the district met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) demonstrating academic growth that exceeds state-level growth expectations.

This August 2011, the district will open Clark Hall, an addition to Lincoln High School. Clark Hall’s curriculum and instruction will be Internet based and geared for today’s student. Clark Hall is so innovative it will impact the infrastructure and instruction in the rest of the district, addressing the need for 21st century learning skills.

The following examples represent a selection of student and district excellence:

  • Lincoln High School (LHS) is also rated "Excellent" on the 2010 State Report Card and achieved a graduation rate state indicator of above 94.5 percent.
  • Five hundred fifty Lincoln High School seniors graduated, as well as 24 Gahanna Community School students, on June 4 at the Jerome Schottenstein Center.
  • The Class of 2011 had 26 valedictorians, one National Achievement Scholarship finalist, and seven National Merit Commended Scholars. Fifteen percent of the class received honors diplomas, and approximately $10 million in higher education scholarships were offered to seniors.
  • The LHS Underwater Robotics Team finished 12th out of 450 teams worldwide in the June 2011 MATE International Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle Competition held in Houston, Texas.
  • LHS Speech and Debate team had a record-breaking season with four members competing in June at the National Forensic League’s Speech and Debate Tournament. Seniors Derek Cox, and Ingram Bowsher and Todd Ives placed in the top 35 and top 50 in the nation for Lincoln Douglas Debate and Public Forum Debate, respectively.
  • Racking up OCC, District and Regional Championships, Gahanna Lincoln Athletics had another successful year in 2010-11. Boys Soccer (fall) won their 8th consecutive OCC title and another District Championship, Boys Basketball won back to back OCC Titles and the 2011 District Title, the Baseball team captured the District Championship, and the Softball Team won District, Regional and finished as the State Runner-up in Division I Softball.
  • Individual athletic kudos went to 2011 senior Wil Trapp, named both the State and National Soccer Player of the Year; Lindsay Brim, Girls Track State Runner-up in the long jump; and Jake Blankenship, junior pole vaulter who set the State Meet Record and tied the State Record of 17 feet on his way to capturing the 2011 State Championship.
  • Jefferson Elementary art teacher Ali Deck and her afterschool club Jefferson Energy Team received Ohio Energy Project’s HOPE award, presented annually to one outstanding elementary, middle and high school in Ohio whose program excelled in promoting energy conservation and its application.
  • Goshen Lane Elementary kindergarten teacher Renee Snyder and intervention specialist Susan Stoll earned a $5,000 technology grant from the National Education Association Foundation to purchase iPads for kindergartners.

The district has a rich tradition of key school-business-community partnerships such as the Gahanna Jefferson Education Foundation and the School Business Advisory Council that continues to enrich our programs. Additionally, new strategic partnerships with Dell, Intel, Cisco, the Gahanna YMCA, Eastland-Fairfield Career & Technical Schools, and Columbus State Community College will enhance learning and support our goal to provide world class education.

Great days are ahead!

Sincerely,

Mark White
Superintendent, Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools

See the State of the Schools Plan - March 2011

Please take a look at the columns and newsletters on this page to stay current with student achievements, school and district accomplishments, and financial information.

Superintendent's Columns

The following columns were written by the Superintendent and published in The Gahanna News and the Rocky Fork Enterprise.

May 25, 2011 Levy Passage Keeps District's Goal of World-Class Education in Sight
April 20, 2011 District Has Kept Its Standards High While Costs Stay Low
March 23, 2011 Issue 6 Will Keep District 'Excellent'
December 15, 2010 District Remains Positive as Work Begins on Difficult Cuts
October 20, 2010 Levy Will Help Schools Keep Improving
September 29, 2010 Gahanna Levy Passage is Critically Important
September 16, 2010 GJPS Community Meetings Will Provide Details About Clark Hall and More for Residents and Parents
August 25, 2010 G-J Schools Working Hard to Achieve More with Less Money
May 26, 2010 Issue 4 Next Steps and Clark Hall
April 21, 2010 District Needs Levy to Stave Off Deficit
March 24, 2010 Levy is Investment in Our Future
February 24, 2010 Failure of May Levy Means $2.5 Million in Painful Cuts
January 27, 2010 Clark Hall: Innovative Programming Maximizes Learning
December 23, 2009 Clark Hall Building Project & Finances

Gahanna-Jefferson PUblic Schools (GJPS) E-Newsletters

GJPS e-News - June 8, 2011
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- April 29, 2011
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- Mar. 28, 2011
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- Dec. 21, 2010
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GJPS e-News - Oct. 28, 2010
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