Dublin City Schools' two new elementary schools have been named -- and now they have principals, too.

School district officials chose Eli Pinney Principal Troy Ehrsam to serve as principal at Abraham Depp Elementary School, and Deer Run Principal Susann Wittig will become principal of Hopewell Elementary School.

Ehrsam has a salary of $123,989 and benefits valued at approximately $37,197, for a total compensation of $161,186; Wittig has a salary of $120,534 and benefits valued at approximately $36,160 for a total compensation of $156,694, district spokesman Doug Baker said.

Future salaries for their new roles are to be determined because Ehrsam and Wittig are in their current roles all school year, he said.

The two were chosen from a handful of current principals and underwent an interview process, said Todd Hoadley, Dublin superintendent.

"All 12 of our elementary principals are just high-caliber people," Hoadley said.

Ehrsam and Wittig will serve at their current schools for this school year before transitioning to their new buildings during summer 2020, Hoadley said.

Construction for both buildings began in the spring, and the schools are slated to be ready for occupancy by August 2020.

Jerome Village is where Abraham Depp is being built. Hopewell is under construction on Bright Road.

Construction for both schools is a total of $47.4 million. Funding will come from the combination $195 million bond issue, a 2-mill permanent-improvements levy and a 5.9-mill operating levy voters approved in November.

Hoadley said the district has a timeline in place for replacing Ehrsam and Wittig after they depart for their new schools.

In March, the district will post the principal positions for Eli Pinney and Deer Run, he said, with the goal of hiring two principals at the second school board meeting in April.

Because those two positions will be outside hires, they will require board approval, Hoadley said.

The assigning of Wittig and Ehrsam did not require board approval, he said.

Ehrsam is the longest tenured elementary school principal in the district and has done a wonderful job at Eli Pinney, Hoadley said. His experience serving as assistant principal at Grizzell Middle School also gives him experience working with parents in the district's northwest quadrant.

Additionally, as a result of redistricting, some of Eli Pinney's student population could end up at Abraham Depp, Hoadley said.

Ehrsam has served as principal at Eli Pinney since 2008. His administrative experience includes serving as assistant principal at Grizzell from 2002-08.

He has a master of arts degree in educational administration and a bachelor of science degree in elementary education from Ohio State University.

Ehrsam said this is his 25th year working in the district and the opportunity to open a new building would be a career highlight for him.

He said he looks forward to connecting with the community to learn about their expectations are.

"I definitely want to get a voice from the students and the families," he said.

Wittig has strong experience working with English Language Learner student populations and has served as a principal in both the New Albany-Plain Local School District and Delaware City School District, Hoadley said.

District officials believe her experience in a variety of settings made her a good candidate to be the leader of Hopewell, he said.

Wittig has served as Deer Run principal since 2013. Prior administrative experience includes serving as K-1 principal in 2012 with New Albany and serving as Robert F. Schultz Elementary principal in Delaware beginning in 2007.

Wittig has a masters of arts degree in education administration from Ashland University and a bachelor of arts degree in elementary biology education from the College of Wooster.

Wittig said she is thankful for the opportunity to build a new school community from the ground up and looks forward to forging relationships with students, families and community as the district opens Hopewell next fall.

"As the principal, I hope to help create a positive and exciting school environment where children look forward to learning every day," she said.

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