Kris Sander is looking to combine her passion for athletics and students into her new position as assistant principal in charge of athletics at Grove City High School.

Sander, 48, was approved July 10 by the school board. She replaces John Carder, who stepped down after one year to accept an assistant principal position at Olentangy Liberty.

“I’m very excited,” Sander said. “I have a passion for athletics and some of those skills I bring to the position are my communication skills, and I’m excited to try a new challenge and build on the relationships that I have with the staff and the community and evolve from there.”

Sander was an assistant principal at the South-Western Career Academy the past two years. She served as a business/career-technical teacher at Grove City from 1994-2002 and 2008-15 and at Central Crossing from 2002-08.

She is a 1986 graduate of Williamsport Westfall and 1993 graduate of Ohio State. She received her doctorate in workforce development from Ohio State in 2013.

“Kris’ experience in working at Grove City and knowing the community and having a background as an administrator is a huge asset to us,” Principal Bryan O’Shea said. “In athletics, what we’re looking for is a program that our community can be proud of and that’s both on the field and off the field. With Kris being able to work with our coaches, work with our students, we’re confident that we’re heading in the right direction.”

O’Shea also said longtime athletics supervisor Ron Hutcheson will remain in that position.

The school board also approved Kyle Gibson, 38, as assistant principal in charge of athletics at Franklin Heights. He replaces Tori Fedak, who resigned after three years to accept an assistant principal position at Olentangy.

Gibson was the principal at the Columbus Preparatory School for Boys the past two years.