Grandview Heights High School Principal Ken Chaffin has accepted an offer to work a little closer to home.

Pending approval from the Marysville school board, Chaffin will become principal at Early College High School in the Marysville Exempted Village School District.

The school board is expected to vote on his approval at its March 22 meeting.

Chaffin announced his new position in an email blast he sent to Grandview parents March 9.

"Leaving Grandview is truly heartbreaking to me," Chaffin said in an interview. "The most rewarding part of being in Grandview is the relationships, without question.

"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."

But the position in Marysville is a chance to work near home, in the district from which he graduated and where he previously worked 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."

Grandview has been "so fortunate to have had Ken's leadership at the high school over the last five years," Superintendent Andy Culp said.

"The Marysville Early College High School's gain is our loss," he said. "It's been a true privilege to work with one of the finest administrators in Ken Chaffin."

Chaffin is "a committed student advocate," Culp said. "He has a tremendous relationship with the students who walk through the school doors, and he's extremely approachable and accessible to everyone in our community."

During his tenure, Chaffin has increased Grandview's standing in the U.S. News and World Report ranking of the nation's high schools and expanded the number of Advanced Placement courses offered at the high school and the level of student participation in those classes, Culp said.

"That's been evidenced by our selection for the AP Honor Roll the past two years," he said.

A timeline for finding Chaffin's replacement has not been finalized, Culp said.

"We will be posting the position in the very near future," he said.

Students, staff, parents, community members, school board members and administrators all will be involved in the process of evaluating candidates, he said.