Northwest hires new superintendent

By Wayne Allen -



After a couple months of searching, the Northwest Board of Education hired Dana Pollock, Ed. D., as its next superintendent during a special meeting held Monday night.

Pollock, who is currently serving as the principal in the Portsmouth City School district, officially begins her new career Aug. 1

“I am excited to become part of the Northwest family and to be able to work with the staff, students and community in making Northwest an exceptional place for kids to learn,” Pollock said in a released statement. “It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your superintendent and I look forward to working with all members of our school and community family as we move into the new school year! A new school year always gives me hope for the future. I look forward to building relationships with the community and working towards the goal of providing an excellent education for our students.”

Northwest Board of Education Chairman Keith Crabtree said the district is very pleased with the hiring of Pollock and they look forward to the leadership she can bring to the district.

Pollock replaces former superintendent Todd Jenkins who is still working for the district in an undisclosed role.

Crabtree acknowledge that Jenkins vacated the superintendent role in June and his capacity within the district has yet to be determined.

Since Jenkins stepped down as superintendent, the Northwest School Board partnered with the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center (ESC) to help find his successor.

During that partnership, ESC superintendent Sandy Mers filled the void on an interim basis. Crabtree said the board, with the assistance from Mers, conducted nine interviews and was scheduled to extend an offer to former Northwest Superintendent Michael McCoy, which was scheduled on the July 14th agenda.

However, during the course of the meeting, McCoy withdrew his name from consideration.

When asked about the intent to hire McCoy, Crabtree said, “That was our intent. I think he had a change of heart about things and is looking at things a little different.”

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By Wayne Allen

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or @WayneallenPDT on Twitter

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101 ext. 1933 or @WayneallenPDT on Twitter