District: Superintendent

Superintendent Steve Barrett


The Lion's Share

September 2021

Our vision in the Gahanna-Jefferson Public Schools (GJPS) is to build relationships with students, parents and our community to ensure student learning is our most important investment and priority.

We are so lucky in Gahanna to have a community that supports our students both formally and informally. I want to highlight three service organizations that enrich our students’ lives and add so much value to our community and our schools.

Last week I was able to attend the Kiwanis Club of Gahanna’s 60th Anniversary Celebration. For 60 years, Kiwanis has been fulfilling its mission in Gahanna, which is as follows: Kiwanis empowers communities to improve the world by making lasting differences in the lives of children. Recently, the club has donated to our school libraries, sent GLHS students to Buckeye Girls/Boys State, purchased equipment for students with special needs, sponsored meals for after-school programs and much more. Over the years, the club’s support of our students has been tremendous.

The mission of Gahanna Residents in Need (GRIN) is to alleviate hunger in the Gahanna-Jefferson Public School district. Working with local churches in our community, GRIN serves lunch to GJPS families in need all summer and gives short-term food and financial assistance throughout the year. This summer, they served over 7,000 lunches to our families. GRIN also sponsors a Back-to-School Fair each year, giving backpacks and school supplies to students, so they are ready to learn on the first day of school. This year over 500 students received backpacks and school supplies from GRIN.

Neighborhood Bridges also serves our schools in extraordinary ways. Its mission is to bridge communities with schools, providing basic needs and removing barriers for students so they can engage and succeed in school and life. Working in our community, Neighborhood Bridges has fulfilled over 1,178 acts of kindness in our GJPS community, ranging from finding families bedroom furniture, appliances, even cars on occasion.

Each of us plays a role in our community. Even the smallest act of kindness can have a profound effect. I had the pleasure of recently attending the Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner, sponsored by the Gahanna Athletic Hall of Fame Committee. At the ceremony, I was struck by how warmly each inductee talked about the role the community played in their growth and development. All of them spoke with a profound sense of gratitude, humility, and community pride. One hall of fame inductee mentioned how fondly she remembered getting rides with other families to and from games and practices when her mother was working. Something as simple as a ride can make or break a student athlete’s ability to succeed, and even though it may seem like a small gesture, it can bring a sense of appreciation and gratitude that lasts a lifetime.

In Gahanna-Jefferson, we have a community that makes our students its most important investment and priority, and it is something for which I am very grateful.

Go Lions!



Superintendent Steve Barrett

Steve Barrett


Kimberly Jonker
Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
Phone: (614) 471-7065 | Fax: 478-5568

Jill Elliott
Assistant Superintendent

Diane Caulkins
Administrative Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent





English Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Services Plans (PDF)

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GJPS Vision, Mission and Beliefs       

Please view our entire Vision, Mission, and Beliefs (PDF).


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We are very proud of our graduates and the impact they have made at Gahanna Lincoln High School. Please enjoy these interviews from just a few of the 525 graduates from the Class of 2019 as they discuss their teachers, classes, proudest moments and advice for incoming freshmen.

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The Gahanna-Jefferson community places a high value on education and expects its schools to prepare students for success beyond the classroom. A well-rounded education goes beyond standardized tests, which is primarily what the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) measures with the annual school report cards. 

The purpose of this Quality Profile is to provide a complete story of how our schools perform in the areas that matter most to the Gahanna-Jefferson community.

The content of the Quality Profile is based on these five categories

  • Academics
  • The Arts, S.T.E.M & Technology
  • Student Services
  • Student Leadership & Activities
  • Fiscal Stewardship 

GJPS Downloadable Quality Profile (PDF)