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Short New High School Principal

Royal Short

Royal Short

Royal Short, principal of 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 superintendent of the Four County Career Center.

Meister was named AHS principal in 2006.

The Archbold Area School Board promoted 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.

Short also has 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.”


Short said, “I am very appreciative of Mr. Deskins and the Board of Education for giving me this opportunity to serve the district and community in a different role.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the middle school staff and students. As a team, we have continued to work to improve the education and the experiences here at AMS.”

In addition, Deskins said Short was involved in all discussions related to the tablet computer initiative. Under the program, all AHS students will be issued a tablet computer for their schoolwork beginning next school year.

“I am excited about the (tablet computer) initiative at the high school,” Short said. “It is very important to continue to increase technology integration in instruction.

“The more technology we can get in the hands of our students, the better they will be prepared for life beyond our school walls.”

Deskins said the internal listing of the middle school opening was posted 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 prin- cipal 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, and a master’s degree in special education from UT in 2004.

He is working on an educational specialist degree in administration and supervision at UT.

His first job in education was as a third grade teacher with the Toledo Catholic Dioceses at Rosary Cathedral School.

From 2002 until 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 Defi ance 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.

He and his wife, Becky, live in Archbold with their two children, Riah, almost 10, and Rustin, 8.–David Pugh

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