The Greeneview Local School District Board of Education acted last night to employ Dr. Sabrina Woodruff as superintendent of schools, effective August 1. Dr. Woodruff, who was awarded a three-year contract, is currently the assistant superintendent and chief academic officer of the Pickerington Local School in Fairfield County. She succeeds Isaac Seevers, who recently became the new superintendent of the Lebanon City School District.
The Board of Education has been conducting a superintendent search for the past seven weeks. The Board received assistance from K-12 Business Consulting – a superintendent search firm – and the Greene County Educational Service Center.
After the Board’s consultant developed a superintendent search profile, listing the desired characteristics of a new superintendent, the Board reviewed the credentials of 18 external applicants, after considering three internal candidates. Several of the external applicants were recruited and nearly all of them had experience either as a superintendent, assistant superintendent, or central office administrator.
The Board interviewed seven candidates on May 17 and 18. Two finalists were asked by the Board to return on May 24 for a second interview. Before the final Board interviews on May 24, a committee of 22 citizens and district employees first had the opportunity to ask each final candidate questions during “Meet and Greet” sessions at the district’s middle school. The Board considered the written reactions submitted by committee participants before reaching a final decision.
“Dr. Woodruff impressed the Board immediately,” Todd Ireland, Board President said. “She has significant experience and expertise in academics, curriculum and instruction, and she will be a great fit for the staff and community here.”
Dr. Woodruff has held her current position at the Pickerington Local School District for the past year after serving as the director of instructional services for the Xenia Community City School District for five years. Between 2013 and 2015, she was the director of teaching and learning for the Northridge Local School District in Licking County, which followed a two-year term as the elementary curriculum director of the Teays Valley Local School District in Pickaway County.
Dr. Woodruff began her educational career in 2001 as a 7th grade language arts teacher for the Madison Plains Local School District. Between 2002 and 2004, she taught history and language arts for the Licking Heights Local School District, which preceded a seven-year term -- from 2004 until 2011 -- with the New Albany Plain Local School District, first as 4th grade teacher for four years, then as a literary support specialist for three years.
Dr. Woodruff earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and special education from Marist University in Poughkeepsie, NY, in 2000. She then received two master’s degrees, one in educational
psychology from Marist University in 2001, and a second one in curriculum and instruction from Ashland University in 2005. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership in 2011.
“I am excited to be working again in Greene County and I am honored to be the new superintendent of the Greeneview Local School District,” Dr. Woodruff said. “I am impressed by the staff’s excellent reputation here and by the community’s support of the schools.”
Dr. Woodruff will have a 10-day consulting contract to be utilized over the next three months for transition purposes into her new position.