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Meister New Superintendent At Four County

Tim Meister

Tim Meister

Tim Meister, Archbold High School principal since 2006, is leaving his post to become the superintendent of the Four County Career Center.

FCCC offi cials made the announcement Monday afternoon, April 23.

Meister will replace William Spiess, current FCCC superintendent, who will retire July 31. Spiess was FCCC superintendent four years.

David Deskins, Archbold Area School District superintendent, said the school board was scheduled to hold a special meeting last night, Tuesday, to formally accept Meister’s resignation.

After accepting the resignation, Deskins said the board was to meet in executive session to discuss personnel matters. He declined to elaborate on the purpose of the executive session.

Meister Background

Meister graduated from Defiance College in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in secondary English education and K-12 reading, with a K- 12 teaching certificate.

He followed with a certifi- cate in vocational education from Kent State in 1997, then a master’s degree in educational administration and supervision in 2004 from Bowling Green State University. He received his principal’s certification in 2005.

He began teaching secondary language arts and reading at Stryker High School in 1989. He was the Stryker boys varsity basketball coach until 1992.

From 1992 to 1995, he was a language arts teacher and assistant varsity boys basketball coach at Worthington on the north side of Columbus.

He also was the freshman boys and head girls golf coach. One of his golfers was a state champion.

In 1995, he went to work for the Bryan City School District, where he taught language arts and was the occupational work adjustment coordinator. He taught the school district’s vocational curriculum.

He was also the job site manager, arranging work sites for occupational work adjustment students.

Bryan Coaching Success

He was the varsity boys basketball coach at Bryan, leading the Golden Bears to two Northwest Ohio Athletic League titles, three sectional titles, and Bryan’s first trip to the district finals since 1941. He held several Coach of the Year honors. He was also the boys golf coach.

When he left Bryan to become AHS principal, he was the director of athletics. He held the post for his last five years there.

Archbold School Board approved his hiring at a July 17, 2006 meeting.

A press release from FCCC states, “Throughout his career, Mr. Meister has been active in educational and service associations.”

Meister is the current president of the Northwest Ohio District Athletic Board, member of the Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators, and a member of Archbold Rotary.

He and his wife Karen are residents of Bryan.


Spiess spent 38 years at FCCC. He taught landscape and greenhouse technology from 1974 through 1998.

In 1999, he became a career and technical supervisor, then moved into the position of director of operations in 2002.

He was named director of career and technical education in 2006 before becoming superintendent in 2008.

Spiess has been involved in several educational and service organizations. He has been a member of the Association for Career and Technical Education, Ohio Association for Career and Technical Education, Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators, National Association of School Administrators, and the National Career Pathways Network.

In a press release, FCCC officials said Spiess will “continue to seek opportunities to advance career and technical education and help students succeed.”

Spiess and his wife Debbra are residents of Liberty Center.

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