Dixon to leave CH-UH schools for Columbus district
On Sept. 21, both the CH-UH schools superintendent, Talisa Dixon, and the Board of Education released statements regarding Dixon’s recent decision to take the position of Superintendent of the Columbus City Schools. Dixon expressed how honored she was to be chosen for the prestigious post, but affirmed her commitment to complete the 2018-19 school year with the CH-UH district, citing the need to “finish important work” and “see through our initiatives.”
In its statement, the board expressed regret at losing “a dynamic leader,” but also its pride that “Ohio’s largest public school district has selected [Dixon] as its next superintendent. We believe this validates that we as a district are working on the right things: equity, community partnerships, improving communications with our families and community, and building strong relationships with our teachers and staff.”
Dixon echoed this shared pride in the accomplishments of her four-year tenure, crediting “the collective efforts of our teachers, administrators, staff, and community.” Dixon also credits the district’s improvements as part of the reason she was considered for the post.
The board publicly thanked the Columbus City Schools for its flexibility in letting Dixon stay through the school year in order to complete tasks related to the districts five-year strategic plan, an initiative begun under her leadership. According to the board, the task of seeking out and hiring Dixon’s successor will begin “as quickly as possible.”
Dixon thanked the CH-UH community for welcoming her four years ago, and expressing confidence in the continued success of the district: “Whomever the leader is, the work will continue because of the support of the Board of Education and because of our dedicated staff who give their best efforts every day on behalf of our students.”
Jessica Schantz is a longtime resident of Cleveland Heights and the e-news editor for the Heights Observer.