Superintendent Named

Scott Schmidt

Northridge Local School District Board of Education poised to select Scott Schmidt as next superintendent

Board expected to take action at its next meeting

Johnstown, OH – The Northridge Local School District announces that action to employ Scott Schmidt as its next superintendent, effective August 1, 2017, will be the centerpiece on the agenda of the Board of Education at its next regular meeting on July 17, 6:30pm, at Northridge High School Media Center.

“The District faces a number of critical issues, all of which must be tackled immediately,” said Doug Hart, President of the Board of Education.  “Though everyone we interviewed would have been a fine choice, Mr. Schmidt stood apart as being best suited to take on the multiple tasks at hand.”

Mr. Schmidt is currently the Assistant Superintendent of Gahanna-Jefferson City School District in Gahanna, Ohio.  Upon Board approval, Mr. Schmidt will receive a three-year contract and succeed the district’s current superintendent, Chris Briggs, who is leaving for the Pickerington Local School District after serving Northridge for the past four years.

“During the interview process the teachers, community members, and Board were all so welcoming, Schmidt said.  “I am thrilled to be joining the Northridge School community, and I am looking forward to becoming a Viking!”

Mr. Schmidt has served as the Assistant Superintendent for Gahanna-Jefferson since 2016 and was Interim Superintendent for the district prior to that for a year and a half. He also has served as the district’s Executive Director of Elementary Education, Executive Director of Business and School Improvement, Elementary School Principal and Instructional Support Coach.

The Board of Education commenced the search in mid-May with assistance from the ESC of Central Ohio. 28 applicants sought the position, six of whom were chosen to be interviewed. Three were deemed finalists and received second interviews with the Board on July 5th.   A broad range of stakeholders from the Northridge community provided input to the Board during the process.  “The feedback from the parents, teachers, administrators and staff was invaluable and the Board is extremely grateful to them for their help,” Hart said.

For more information, visit or contact George Tombaugh, ESC of Central Ohio, at or (614) 581-9445. 

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