NEW ALBANY — Three administrative leaders were welcomed to their new positions at Monday's New Albany Floyd County Consolidated School Corp. board meeting.

Greenville Elementary, Highland Hills and New Albany High School each received a new principal, assistant principal or athletic director in unanimous votes by board members.

Taking over the role of principal at Greenville is Sarah Pierce.

Pierce, who received a bachelor's degree in psychology and master's in education from the University of Louisville, floated throughout the district as an assistant principal for several years before accepting her new position.

After spending a year teaching in Florida, Pierce taught second grade at Floyds Knobs Elementary for four years. In 2010, she advanced to an administrative position at the school before becoming assistant principal at Slate Run Elementary and later Mount Tabor Elementary, where she has been the past four years.

"Everyone talks about what a special place Greenville is," Pierce said. "I'm excited to get to know the teachers, the staff, the parents and the kids. All of that is very overwhelming, but really exciting to just get to know the community."

At Highland Hills, Scott Ferriell is set to become the new assistant principal and athletic director — a role in which he has served on an interim basis in the months since former principal Bill Krammes' retirement.

Ferriell brings with him 11 years of experience, with stints at Greenville Elementary and Highland Hills teaching math and science to fifth, sixth and eighth graders.

"I'm looking forward to continuing my work with the students," Ferriell said. "They are very important to me. I don't have to start over the relationships that I've built with students I'm mentoring. I can continue the robotics program I started at Highland Hills. I'll still be able to provide guidance to the teachers that are going to run that in my absence. Those are the most important things to me."

Though Ferriell doesn't officially take over the new role until summer, he said his tenure starts this week as far as he's concerned.

"I'm ready to get into all aspects of the job," Ferriell said. "I'm going to hit the ground running tomorrow even though I don't officially begin until July 1. Tomorrow is day one for me."

Filling the shoes of long-time New Albany High School athletic director Don Unruh is Billy "B.J." McAlister, who was previously a social studies teacher and assistant boys' basketball coach at the school.