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Eight File For Open School Board Seat




David Deskins, superintendent of the Archbold Area School District, said eight persons filed applications to fill an open seat on the school board.

The application deadline was Monday, Nov. 17.

The school board met in executive session during its regular Monday night meeting for two hours and 45 minutes.

In addition to discussing district employees whose contracts are up for renewal, Deskins said the board spent time reviewing the applications.

The board selected some “candidates of interest,” and will contact them to set up interviews.

“The board will attempt to conduct interviews within the next 10 days or so. During that time, they can conduct interviews without having to appoint immediately,” Deskins said.

“The board’s goal is to make a decision on or before Dec. 15.”

The board has a meeting scheduled for Monday, Dec. 15, at 7 pm at the Archbold High School media center.

Yoder

The board position became available when David Yoder, a nine-year board veteran, resigned for family reasons.

News of Yoder’s resignation broke Saturday, Nov. 8. His resignation was effective Monday, Nov. 17.

In an interview with the Buckeye, Yoder said his wife, Mari, is now working full-time, making their family schedules much more difficult.

The Yoders have three children at home, plus aging parents.

“We need to make more time for family,” he said in an earlier interview.

Business Leaders

Deskins said the board is interested in identifying business leaders with a strong passion for kids and education.

“They are interested in identifying someone who has the long-term best interest of the district at heart, a person with integrity and commitment to the future of Archbold schools.

“I think the board will know the right candidate when they meet with them,” Deskins said.

The board is pleased with the level of interest shown in the short amount of time the application process was open, he said.

“They are comfortable with the candidates who were willing to step in and lead the district,” he said.- David Pugh


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