New deputy superintendent named in South-Western City Schools


By Dedra Cordle
Staff Writer

The South-Western City Schools District has found its new deputy superintendent.

At its meeting on June 14, the board of education unanimously approved a recommendation to hire Dr. Jamie Lusher to serve in that role. Her initial two-year contract will begin on Aug. 1 and she will receive a starting salary of $164,900, said Sandra Nekoloff, the district’s executive director of communications.

Lusher, a graduate of Canal Winchester High School, comes to the district from Grandview Heights City Schools where she has served as its assistant superintendent and chief academic officer since 2014.

Her previous educational experience includes serving as a principal at Wilson Hills Elementary in the Worthington City Schools District, as a principal at New Albany Middle School in the New Albany-Plain Local School District, and as a coordinator of academic achievement at Worthington City Schools.

According to her biography, she is also a professor at Capital University where she teaches the foundational course of educational leadership, and data analysis and educational research.

Superintendent Dr. Bill Wise said he recommended the appointment of Lusher to serve as the district’s deputy superintendent as he feels the district will positively benefit from her “wealth of experience” in the educational field.

“We are excited to have Dr. Lusher join our South-Western family as its new deputy superintendent,” he wrote in a statement. “She has a wealth of experience in all facets of education and will be a wonderful addition to our team. Her curricular knowledge and expertise are the best I’ve seen in my 31 years of educational experience.”

Lusher’s appointment as deputy superintendent will fill the vacancy left by David Stewart. Stewart, who has been with the district since 2013, recently resigned to take the position of superintendent at the Hilliard City Schools District. His final day at South-Western will be on July 1.

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