John Downey, guidance counselor and a former government teacher, is retiring from the Archbold Area School District, after more than 31 years.
The Archbold Area School Board accepted Downey’s resignation for the purpose of retirement, effective Dec. 31, at its Monday, Oct. 18 meeting.
Downey was the AHS head football coach for 29 years, racking up a 222-99 record. His teams earned one state championship in 1988, a state runner-up finish in 1982, eight Northwest Ohio Athletic League titles, and made nine playoff appearances.
He has also been the AHS boys track coach for 26 years, and head of the girls team for 22.
He is the current president of the Archbold Education Association, which represents the district teachers in labor negotiations with the school board.
When he retires, the presidency of the group will transfer to Susan Dominique, AHS media director.
A 1968 Napoleon High School graduate, Downey graduated from the University of Toledo in 1975. He was hired at Archbold in June 1979 for the 1979-80 school year.
He earned a masters degree from UT in 1983, followed by a specialist degree from UT in 1990.
School board members met in executive session for about an hour and a half during their Monday night board meeting.
Stated reasons for the closed-door session were “to discuss the employment, demotion, promotion of public employees, and to review negotiations with public employees.”
When board members returned from the executive session, they approved a new operating manual for classified employees.
Board members approved supplemental and volunteer coaching contracts for spring sports.
Joe Frank, head coach; Greg Kuhlman, Sarah Betts, assistant coaches; Andrea Thiel, junior varsity; and Dan Rychener, volunteer.
Dick Selgo, head coach; Jeff Brunswick, Doug Williams, assistant coaches; John Brooks, Tom Vershum, Bill Rufenacht, volunteers.
(all volunteers): Vern Nemire, head coach; Todd Nemire, Joyce Miller, assistant coaches.
School board members approved adjusting the salary schedules for three teachers, reflecting completion of additional education.
Lisa Roth and Ryan Throne were both moved to the master’s degree level on the salary schedule, while Thiel was moved to the master’s degree-plus-15 hours step.
The board also approved tuition reimbursements for classes taken by teachers during the 2009-10 school year. The reimbursements are per the negotiated agreement with the teachers.
Phil Nofziger, board member, was absent. All voters were unanimous.
The next meeting of the Archbold Area School Board is 7 pm, Monday, Nov. 15, at the AHS media center.–David