Brad Pettit is scheduled to begin serving as the Bexley City School District's new technology director June 6.

School board members unanimously approved Pettit's hiring April 9. Pettit was hired on a two-year contract that runs through July 2020, providing an annual salary of $105,000 with benefits.

Pettit, 35, has served as the director of technology operations for Grandview Heights City Schools since August 2008. He holds a bachelor's degree in business management from Indiana Wesleyan University, an associate degree in microcomputing technology from Columbus State Community College, and is expected to complete his master's degree in public administration through Indiana State University this fall.

As the district's technology director, Pettit will head the team that implements technology for educational and administrative purposes.

"I am excited about this incredible opportunity to help support your students and teachers," Pettit told board members at the April 9 meeting.

"I cannot wait to get started and learn more about all the great things happening in Bexley. I never forget why we are here: to support our mission and give Bexley students the best possible access to innovative resources and the tools they need to be great learners," he said.

Pettit has more than 17 years of K-12 education-related information technology experience. He previously worked in computer support with the Delaware City Schools and as an assistant technology coordinator with Pleasant Local Schools.

Pettit's experience, especially at Grandview Heights, with its similarities to Bexley, is what helped him stand out from the 40 other candidates who applied, Bexley Superintendent Kimberly Pietsch Miller said.

"His educational background is definitely on the (information technology) side," she said, "but he really understands the educational environment and he also understands that our primary role here is developing students and how does technology support students."

Pettit replaces former technology director Paul Ross, who left the position at the end of June 2017 to become the technology director at the Federal Way Public Schools in Washington. Miller, who joined the district on Aug. 1 of last year, said she waited to fill the technology director position until after she assessed the district's technology needs.