Royal Short, currently the principal of the Archbold Middle School, will become the high school principal effective Aug. 1, 2012.
Short, a 1994 Archbold High School graduate, replaces Tim Meister, who resigned to become the superintendent of the Four County Career Center. Meister was named AHS principal in 2006.
The Archbold Area School Board made the decision to promote Short at a special meeting Tuesday night, May 8. David Deskins, Archbold Area School District superintendent, said the school board voted 5-0 to offer Short the job.
Under the collective bargaining agreement between the school board and the Archbold Education Association, openings must be posted "internally"; that is, open to other qualified district employees, for five days. After that, candidates from outside the district may apply.
Deskins said there were two internal candidates for the high school principal post.
The board selected Short based on his previous experience as a school administrator.
Deskins said prior to joining the Archbold Area School District, Short was the director-principal of the Independence Education Center, which served special needs students from kindergarten through age 22.
In addition, Deskins said Short was involved in all of the discussions related to the tablet computer initiative. Under that program, all AHS students will be issued a tablet computer for their schoolwork beginning next school year.
Short has also worked with other staff members on the school district Race To The Top committee. The committee is responsible for coordinating activities in connection with the federal government RTTP grant program.
"It’s a good fit," Deskins said. "He knows the direction we’re taking in the school district."
Deskins said the internal posting of the middle school opening was posted today, Wednesday, May 9.
Again, under collective bargaining rules, it will remain open to qualified school district employees before being opened to candidates from outside the district.
Short took over as principal of Archbold Middle School Aug. 1, 2010. The school board approved his employment in a special meeting Saturday, April 24, 2010.
Short received a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Toledo in 1998, followed by a master’s degree in special education from UT in 2004.
His first job in education was as a third grade teacher with the Toledo Catholic Dioceses at Rosary Cathedral School. From 2002 until about 2007, Short was a special education teacher in the Toledo public school district.
Between 2007 and 2010, Short worked with the Northwest Ohio Education Service Center. He was the special education supervisor for the Northeastern and Defiance school districts, before becoming director-principal at the IEC.
Short served a year as an assistant football coach at Evergreen High School, and five years as an eighth-grade football coach in Toledo.–Posted 5.9, 4:15 pm