The Grandview Heights Board of Education May 20 approved the hiring of Dawn Sayre as Grandview Heights High School principal.

The Grandview Heights Board of Education May 20 approved the hiring of Dawn Sayre as Grandview Heights High School principal.

Sayre currently serves as an assistant principal at Hilliard Bradley High School.

The board approved a two-year contract with Sayre with a salary of $94,000.

Her first day will be Aug. 1.

"I expect we'll be seeing a lot of Dawn before then," Superintendent Ed O'Reilly said. "She's already started meeting the staff and attending some of our activities. She has a marvelous work ethic."

Sayre was one of five finalists for the principal position interviewed earlier this month.

She was the first choice of each committee member, O'Reilly said.

"What stands out when talking with Dawn is that her focus is always on the students," he said.

The varied assignments Sayre has received as an assistant principal in Hilliard has provided her with the experience needed for the Grandview principal position, O'Reilly said.

In a small district like Grandview, a principal must wear many hats, he said.

"She has a very well-rounded background that sets her up well" for those responsibilities, he said.

Sayre is in her first year as assistant principal at Hilliard Bradley, the district's newest high school. She served from 2006-2010 as assistant principal at Hilliard Darby High School.

Since 2006, Sayre has served as Hilliard's summer school principal and she was assistant athletics director from 2004-06 at Hilliard Darby.

She began her career in education as a physical education teacher from 1997-2006 at Hilliard Darby. She served as varsity girls basketball coach in 2003-04 at Jonathan Alder High School and has also served as assistant girls basketball and soccer coach in Hilliard and assistant girls basketball coach for South-Western City Schools.

Sayre earned a bachelor of arts degree in education from Otterbein College and a master of arts in educational leadership and administration and supervision certification from the University of Dayton. She is working toward obtaining superintendent licensure from Dayton.

Grandview received 77 applications for the high school principal position, which opened after Jesse Truett resigned.

The large and impressive field of applicants indicates the high standing Grandview has among educators, he said.

"That's a tribute to the truly wonderful group of students we have and our outstanding staff at the high school," O'Reilly said.