The Dublin City School District approved the hiring of one new administrator and the movement of another last week.

The Dublin City School District approved the hiring of one new administrator and the movement of another last week.

With Dustin Miller, Dublin's director of secondary education, moving to Jerome High School to take over for the retiring Principal Cathy Sankey, other changes in the district's central office are occurring.

Craig Heath, Dublin's director of data and assessment will be moving to Miller's position, Chief Academic Officer Kimberly Pietsch Miller said at an April 13 board of education meeting.

Heath has administrator experience at both the high school and middle school level, she said.

The board of education last week also approved the hiring of Christopher Ondrus as director of student services to replace Janet Gillig who is retiring.

"We are pleased to be able to bring an experienced and well-respected administrator like Chris Ondrus back to Dublin City Schools to lead our student services department," Pietsch Miller said in a release from the district.

"Our special education services are an important part of the Dublin Difference and Chris is the right person to lead our team."

Ondrus has been the director of secondary pupil services at Olentangy Schools since 2013, but worked at Coffman and Jerome high schools from 2002 to 2008.

Board members last week also approved contracts to get things rolling on dealing with growing enrollment.

Building matters

Two contracts were approved with the Garmann Miller architectural firm to deal with modular classrooms at Jerome High School and start work on additions at six elementary schools.

Per the contract, the district will pay Garmann Miller $400,000 for the modular work at Jerome High School and for the replacement of the gym floor and improvements at Davis Middle School.

Four modular classrooms will be installed at Jerome High School, which is over capacity.

For the design of 22 classroom additions at Dublin elementary schools, the district will pay Garmann Miller $612,750.

The entire cost of construction, including design, is projected at $8.17 million.

The district will add a total of 22 classrooms onto Bailey, Chapman, Glacier Ridge, Olde Sawmill, Scottish Corners and Thomas elementary schools to deal with growing enrollment at the elementary level.

The additions will be paid for with $14.5 million in bond money approved by voters in 2008.

Although the money was initially intended to construct a 13th elementary school, the district believes adding onto schools will save money over opening a new school.

It will also cause less redistricting, officials have said.

The 2008 bond money will also fund improvements at other elementary schools.

"At Riverside Elementary ... one of the ongoing problems is the traffic issue," said Brion Deitsch, chief operating officer.

Deitsch plans to work with engineering firm EMH&T to solve the problem.

"I've been over there a handful of times when they dismiss and children are coming in and it's quite an experience," he told board members last week.

"I'd like to give them my word that we're going to fix it."