Mike Aurin began his career in the Dublin City School District, and he always had the goal of returning to Jerome High School.
Now Aurin has the opportunity to come back to the place he described as his home.
Pending a Dublin school board vote March 11, Aurin, who is the principal at Jonathan Alder High School, is slated to become principal at Jerome.
He will replace Dustin Miller, who is in his 20th year with the Dublin district and his fourth year at Jerome.
Miller is leaving the district to become a professor in educational administration and direct its doctoral program.
Jerome is a place where Aurin, a Plain City resident, has spent much of his career.
After serving first as a science teacher at Dublin Scioto High School, Aurin moved to Jerome when the school opened.
From 2012 to 2015, he served as assistant principal there before taking the principal's job at Jonathan Alder.
Aurin said he decided to go to Jonathan Alder because he knew he needed career experience as principal. The job, he said, was the right opportunity at the right time.
"It's been a great opportunity for me to learn how to be a leader and to learn how to be a better educator," he said.
The district received 36 applications for the Jerome principal position, said Superintendent Todd Hoadley.
In addition to Aurin, Dublin Jerome Assistant Principal Andy Wilkinson was a finalist for the position.
Aurin has teaching and administrative experience in Dublin and his experience as building principal at Jonathan Alder factored in his hiring, Hoadley said.
If his two-year contract is approved by the school board, Aurin's official start date will be Aug. 1, although he will have some transition days available before that point, Hoadley said.
Aurin has a recommended salary of $121,944 and a benefits package valued at approximately $36,583, for a total compensation of $158,527, said Doug Baker, Dublin City Schools spokesman.
Miller's Dublin salary is $134,731 and he has a benefits package valued at approximately $40,419, for a total compensation of $175,150.
Miller said he was excited to accept the OSU job because all his past experience will be combined into one unique role. He also will be able to have a larger impact on future educational leaders in this role.
Miller said he will miss the Jerome community of parents, students and teachers the most.
He said he and Aurin have been friends and colleagues since they taught together at Dublin Scioto.
"I feel like Jerome High School is in excellent hands," Miller said.