Joe Long, a former superintendent in the Gorham- Fayette and Otsego school districts, has been named the interim superintendent of the Archbold Area School District.
The Archbold Area School Board approved hiring Long to a one-year contract at a rate of $360 per day, plus benefits, at its board meeting, Monday, July 16.
He takes the place of sixyear superintendent David Deskins, who has resigned to become the director of human resources at Penta Career Center, Perrysburg.
Based on a 180-day school year, Long’s $360 per-day rate is $64,800. If he works 20 days beyond the standard school year, the $360 per day figure comes to $72,000.
Both figures are far below the $101,478 Deskins would have been paid had he stayed at Archbold.
Christine Ziegler, school district treasurer, said the school district will provide Long with the standard health care and benefit package.
Jon Lugbill, school board president, said the process the district will follow to hire a permanent replacement for Deskins is still “a work in progress.”
He said, “There will be more information in the near future.”
The Archbold opening has not been posted internally, nor has it been advertised in trade or other publications.
To hire Long, Lugbill said the board looked at a list of potential interim superintendents. Long and at least four others were approached and asked if they would be interested in the job. In the end, Long was selected.
Ziegler said Long’s contract calls for him to serve as superintendent for up to one school year.
She said he understands that if the district finds someone to fill the job permanently, his contract could be terminated early.
He officially starts his job Wednesday, Aug. 1.
Long grew up on a farm near Grand Rapids in Wood County. During high school, he worked in construction.
In 1971, he went to work in Fayette schools, teaching social studies, industrial arts, and driver education.
He later became a principal, and in 1985, the superintendent of the district.
He became the superintendent of Otsego Local Schools in 1995, and served longer than any other superintendent in district history.
He holds degrees from Defiance College, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Toledo. He served six years in the U.S. Army Reserves.
At the start of his teaching career, Long lived in Archbold. He moved to Franklin Township, where he remodeled a former church into a home.
He was a member of what is now St. John’s Christian Church for more than 25 years.
Today, Long and his wife, Lynne, live on the Long Centennial Farm near Grand Rapids. The couple has two adult children and two grandchildren.
Lynne taught piano to many Archbold students for more than 25 years; she still maintains an active piano studio today.
In addition to taking the Archbold position, Long is the chairman of the commissioners of the Wood County Park District, and president of the Wood County Committee on Aging.
Other Personnel Actions
The board completed several other personnel actions during the July 16 meeting.
Cody Ruffer was granted a one-year contract as a middle school intervention specialist for the 2012-13 school year.
Elizabeth Grime was granted a one-year contract as a school custodian. Her contract was effective Monday.
The board accepted the resignation of Joyce Miller as an elementary school custodian effective Aug. 21.
Jonathan Fether was granted a one-year contract as an assistant high school football coach. John Culler was approved for a one-year contract as a volunteer high school golf coach.
The board approved the classified (support staff) substitute list for the coming school year; the superintendent was granted permission to add to the list during the school year.
The board also approved the substitute teacher list provided by the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center.
However, because board members Janet Wyse and John Downey are on the list (though they do not work in the Archbold school district), they abstained from voting on the list.
The board also approved an agreement with the Northwest Ohio Juvenile Detention, Training, and Rehabilitation Center for the next school year.
The board met in executive session for about 40 minutes. Stated reason for the secret session was to “discuss the employment, promotion, demotion and/or compensation of public employees.”
There were no personnel actions when the board returned to regular session.
The board approved moving the date of the August board meeting to Wednesday, Aug. 22, 5:30 pm, in the AHS media center.