Deer Run and Eli Pinney elementary schools will welcome new principals for the 2020-21 school year.

The Dublin Board of Education on March 16 approved Porsha Robinson-Ervin as Deer Run principal and Josh Page as Eli Pinney principal.

They are scheduled to begin working in their new posts Aug. 1.

Page will receive a salary of $107,692 and a benefits package of approximately $32,308, for a total compensation of $140,000.

Robinson-Ervin will receive a salary of $105,186 and a benefits package of approximately $31,556, for a total compensation of $136,742.

Eli Pinney principal Troy Ehrsam will serve as principal at the new Abraham Depp Elementary School, and Deer Run principal Susann Wittig will become principal of the new Hopewell Elementary School.

The district received 78 applications for the Deer Run principal's position and 79 for the Eli Pinney post, said Todd Hoadley, Dublin superintendent.

Hoadley said Robinson-Ervin, 38, has a child-centered approach that's vital to working at the elementary school level.

"She's an academic," he said.

Robinson-Ervin is a Westerville resident who has been principal at Weinland Park Elementary School in the Columbus City Schools since 2017.

Prior to that, she served as a leadership intern for the district and a special-education teacher for elementary and middle school students. She also served as an assistant professor at Northern Kentucky University.

Robinson-Ervin has a doctorate in education, a master's degree in education and a bachelor's degree in science from Ohio State University.

She said Dublin's motto, "We grow thinkers," attracted her.

"That really caught my attention," she said.

She said she wants to transition to her new role during the summer, meeting with staff, parents and community partners prior to the start of school.

"That is my initial goal," she said.

Page, 35, was a finalist a year ago in the search for a new principal at Bailey Elementary School, Hoadley said.

"I really appreciate his tenacity," he said.

Page is a Delaware resident who has served as principal at Delaware City Schools' James Conger Elementary School since 2013.

Prior to that, he was assistant principal at Willis Intermediate School. He also taught sixth-grade math and science at that school and served as teacher technology trainer for the district.

He has a master's degree in educational leadership from Concordia University Chicago and a bachelor's degree in science and education from Youngstown State University.

Page said Dublin is a district with high expectations for students and teachers. The district supports the needs of the whole child, including social and emotional well-being, he said.

"That's a passion of mine," he said.

Page said his No. 1 goal is to learn about the Pinney community and build relationships.

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