Neil Gupta has been hired as the director of teaching and learning for the New Albany-Plain Local School District.

Neil Gupta has been hired as the director of teaching and learning for the New Albany-Plain Local School District.

His contract was approved April 23 by the school board.

Gupta was the director of teaching and learning for the middle and high schools in the Ashland City Schools when he applied for the New Albany job.

He said he was interested in New Albany-Plain Local because it is known for excellence in education and because it puts words like "global education" and "innovation" into practice.

Gupta's two-year contract begins June 1. He will earn $104,000 in salary and $31,067.74 in benefits, according to the district.

Randy Pfeiffer is the interim director of teaching and learning through a contract with the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio.

Pfeiffer replaced Madeline Partlow in July 2011 after she became 4-5 elementary principal. Partlow recently retired but continues as 4-5 principal through an ESC contract.