Scott Emery is the new principal at New Albany-Plain Local's K-1 elementary building.

Scott Emery is the new principal at New Albany-Plain Local's K-1 elementary building.

The school board hired him Monday, June 10, and approved a two-year contract.

Emery will start Aug. 1 with an annual salary of $102,000. The value of his benefits package was not immediately available.

Emery, currently the principal of Goshen Lane Elementary School in the Gahanna-Jefferson district, will replace Susan Wittig, who was hired in May 2012.

Wittig resigned in May to become principal of Deer Run Elementary School in Dublin.

She earned $94,500 annually in salary and $24,000 per year in benefits. She will work in New Albany through the summer.

Though his official start date is Aug. 1, Emery said he would be in New Albany in July to prepare for his new job.

The district received 39 applications for the principal position and interviewed three finalists: Emery; Susan Hayward, assistant principal and curriculum director in the Beavercreek school district; and former New Albany elementary teacher Craig Lautenschleger, who is a principal in the Teays Valley school district.

Emery said he was interested in the position because of Superintendent April Domine's work.

He said he is excited to be part of a school district where he can influence children's lives, starting them off in kindergarten and first grade.

Emery earned his bachelor's degree in education, with a focus in mathematics, from Bowling Green State University and his master's in educational policy and leadership from Ohio State University.

He has more than 20 years of experience in education.

Emery began his career in Dublin as an elementary school teacher and technology coordinator.

He worked in the Granville school district for 10 years, serving two years as an elementary principal, six years as principal of grades four to six and two years as director of educational operations.

He has worked in the Gahanna-Jefferson district for three years.

"(Emery) is a highly experienced elementary principal with a strong knowledge of curriculum and best practices in instruction," Domine said in a press release. "Scott is passionate about innovation and the reinvention of education. He will be a strong addition to our leadership team to help meet our goal to accomplish our mission."

The district's mission is "to ensure the development of high-achieving, ethical, self-directed and intellectually curious citizens of the world."