Grandview Heights High School Principal Ken Chaffin has accepted an offer to become the principal at Early College High School in the Marysville Exempted Village School District.

Chaffin's hiring is pending approval by the Marysville school board. The school oard is expected to vote on Marysville Superintendent Diane Mankins' recommendation at its March 22 meeting.

Chaffin announced his new position in an email blast he sent to parents of Grandview high schoolers.

He has served five years in Grandview.

"Leaving Grandview is truly heartbreaking to me," Chaffin said in an interview. "The most rewarding part of being in Grandview is the bond I've developed with students, parents and staff, without question. We've worked to rebuild the school built around those relationships.

"Serving at Grandview Heights High School has been one of the extreme privileges of my life," he said. "I could not love the students, the parents, the teachers, our staff and this community more than I do now."

The position in Marysville offers Chaffin the opportunity to work closer to home and in the district where he graduated and previously served as a teacher and coach.

"ECHS is only 4 miles from my house," Chaffin said. "It's an incredible school, but the true pull of this job was having the chance to work so close to home and being able to spend more time with my family."

Chaffin said he plans to complete the school year at Grandview before officially taking over as ECHS principal, pending the Marysville board's approval.