Troy Ehrsam is leaving his position as assistant principal at Grizzell Middle School to become principal at Eli Pinney Elementary. He will replace Tom Bates, who left for a principal's job in Upper Arlington.

Troy Ehrsam is leaving his position as assistant principal at Grizzell Middle School to become principal at Eli Pinney Elementary. He will replace Tom Bates, who left for a principal's job in Upper Arlington.

The Dublin Board of Education approved Ehrsam's new position at its meeting Wednesday night.

Shana Murray, an assistant principal at Karrer Middle School, will move to Grizzell to replace Ehrsam. The board approved Jennifer Schwanke as Karrer's new assistant principal. Schwanke is currently a language arts teacher at Sells Middle School and previously served as that school's assistant principal.

Also at the meeting, the board hired Jamie Meade as a director of curriculum.

"Our administrative team for 2008-09 is complete," Superintendent David Axner said. "I am very pleased how the team has taken shape over the past several months and I look forward to the future."

Ehrsam has spent his entire career in Dublin and has been assistant principal at Grizzell since 2002. Prior to entering administration, Ehrsam was a sixth-grade science teacher at Grizzell and a fifth-grade teacher at Wright Elementary.

He has a bachelor's degree in education, a master's in educational administration, an elementary principal license and an assistant superintendent's license from Ohio State University.

"Troy has been an asset for the district since his hiring in 1995, and he was a strong candidate for the Pinney position," Axner said. "He will be a great fit for that building community. Troy has a strong academic vision for Pinney and has a great disposition with students, parents and staff."

Meade comes to Dublin from the Educational Service Center of Franklin County, where she served as district improvement and accountability facilitator since 2006.

Prior to her tenure with ESC, she was an assistant principal in Reynoldsburg at the elementary and high school levels.

She also worked as academic standards coordinator and an English/French teacher while in Reynoldsburg.

"Jamie is an extremely talented individual who brings additional experience and expertise to our curriculum department. She is exceptionally strong with data analysis and connecting the data with instruction," Axner said.

Meade has a B.S. in English, French and speech education from Morehead State University. She has a master's degree in secondary education from Marshall University and an administrative license from Ashland University.

Also at the meeting, the board amended Axner's contract to help him offset living expenses until his home is sold in Chagrin Falls, where he was superintendent before taking the Dublin job last summer.

Axner's wife and six children, who spent the past year in Chagrin Falls while his son finished his senior year in high school, moved to Dublin this week. His home in Chagrin Falls has been on the market for five months but has not sold.

The amendment to Axner's contract will give him an additional $1,800 a month until his home is sold.