A note from Dr. April Domine
This is an exciting time in New Albany-Plain Local Schools (NAPLS). As a school district and as a community we have set high expectations for ourselves – to become one of the nation’s highest-performing school districts. With the work that has already been done on our Strategic Plan, the Draft Campus Master Plan, and our Benchmarking Excellence study, there is a strong foundation in place from which we will build upon in order to accomplish this ambitious goal.
As our mission expresses, we are responsible “to ensure the development of high-achieving, ethical, self-directed, and intellectually curious citizens of the world,” and to ensure that these citizens – our students – graduate with the skills, knowledge, and experience needed to fulfill their greatest dreams and aspirations. As a Professional Learning Community, we must continually pursue and use the most respected and reliable research available, comparing our own performance against national and international, world-class K-12 educational organizations. We must also strategically align our resources to maximize student learning and operational efficiency.
At the same time that we are working toward meeting these goals we face many new challenges, including enrollment growth and an economic climate that impacts our current and future funding. In order to cope with these challenges we will creatively leverage existing resources, seek out innovative partnerships, and continuously evaluate our operation in order align resources to our strategic goals and to identify the most efficient and effective means to fulfill our mission and operational objectives.
I invite you to join us on this exciting journey. Should you have questions or if we can be of assistance, please feel free to call us at 614-855-2040.
Dr. April Domine
April Domine (pronounced Dom-min-nee) began her Superintendency of New Albany-Plain Local Schools in January 2011. Prior to accepting this position, she was the Senior Director of Performance Management and Leadership at Battelle for Kids, working with the Houston Independent School District. In this role, she served as a school improvement consultant, where she applied her expertise in strategic planning, metrics and data analysis to lead a project designed to improve student learning and operational efficiency. The project was funded by the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation. Also during her tenure with Battelle for Kids, Domine led a transformative school reform project through a collaboration of 21 Appalachian Ohio school districts. This program was awarded over $30-million through the federal Race to the Top Teacher Incentive Fund Grant and a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The program was also recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
During the span of her 28-year career, Domine has also served as Superintendent of Big Walnut Local Schools, Director of Continuous Improvement for Olentangy Local Schools, and an elementary school administrator. She also has ten years of teaching experience.
In addition, Domine has served as an Adjunct Professor for Ashland University, teaching a wide array of education-related courses; and has presented at numerous professional education and leadership conferences throughout the country.
In May 2013, Domine completed her doctoral work at the Peabody College at Vanderbilt University, the top-ranked doctoral leadership program in the nation. In addition to her Superintendent’s License, she holds a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Ashland University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education from Kent State University.