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Superintendent Search Attracts 20 Applicants



The Archbold Area School District has released resumes for the 20 candidates who applied to become the new superintendent.

The information was released in response to an Ohio Public Records-Freedom of Information Act request submitted by this newspaper.

Personal addresses and telephone numbers were redacted (removed) from the records, in compliance with Ohio law.

Jon Lugbill, president of the school board, said the board held a special meeting, Monday, Nov. 5. During the meeting, members spent more than an hour in executive session.

When asked if the superintendent candidates were discussed in the closed-door session, he said, “I think you’ve got a pretty good hunch.

“We’re right in the middle of the search process,” he said, adding board members are evaluating the resumes.

Interviews have not started.

A second special meeting, set for Tuesday, Nov. 6, was cancelled.

Lugbill said when the second meeting was scheduled, it wasn’t known if it would be necessary.

The Monday meeting “was very productive,” he said, so the Tuesday meeting was cancelled.

Superintendent candidates are:

Don Armstrong, founder, Oikonomia workshops, Aug. 2011 to present. Previously: superintendent, Fairfield Union Local School District, Portsmouth City Schools; elementary principal, Eastern Local Schools; teacher, Lick Middle School, Jackson.

Education: Bachelor of Science degree in education, Ohio University, 1977, graduated summa cum laude; master’s degree in administration, University of Dayton, 1987, graduated summa cum laude.

Sue Ann Arthur Bateman, Nelsonville-York City Schools, 1978 to 2012. 13 years, special education elementary/ high school; 11 years, second grade; three years, physical education K- 6; 10 years, administrationelementary and districtwide. Previously: special education primary unit, Alexander Local Schools.

Education: BS in elemen- tary and special education/ DH/SLD/SBH, University of Toledo; master’s of special education, Ohio University; educational leadership certifi cate, Salem University.

Dean Bell, middle school principal, Elmwood Local Schools. Previously: K-12 music teacher, dean of students/ assistant principal, middle and high schools, Elmwood Local Schools.

Education: Wauseon High School, 1981; bachelor’s in education, University of Toledo, 1985, graduated summa cum laude; Master of Music in Music Education degree, 1993, UT; master’s degree in educational leadership, 2008, University of Cincinnati; Executive Leadership Institute/superintendent licensure program, 2012, UC.

Todd Boggs, principal, Groveport Elementary, Groveport Madison Local Schools. Previously: assistant principal, Groveport Junior High School; sixth grade teacher, Groveport Madison Middle School North; dean of students, Groveport Madison Middle School North and South; eighth grade teacher, Buckeye Valley Middle School, Delaware; sixth grade teacher, Sells Middle School, Dublin; sixth grade teacher, Shanahan Middle School, Lewis Center; fourth grade teacher, Olentangy Elementary School, Lewis Center.

Education: BS in elementary education 1-8, Kent State University, 1989; Master of Education degree in educational administration, Ashland University, 2009; administrative license, pre-K-5 and 4-9, Ashland University, 2009; superintendent license, Ohio University, 2011.

Vicki Brunn, director of human resources, Talawanda School District, Oxford. Previously: high school principal, Talawanda High School; freshman principal, teacher, Findlay City Schools; teacher, St. Wendelin Schools, Fostoria.

Education: BS in education, Bowling Green State University, 1995, graduated with honors; Master of Arts degree in education, University of Findlay, 1998; certifi- cation in administration and supervision, University of Findlay, 2001.

Curtis Clough, superintendent, Strasburg-Franklin Local Schools, Strasburg. Previously: academic chair, Mohave Community College, Kingman, Ariz.; principal, Miami High School, Miami Unified School District #40, Miami, Ariz.; athletic director, Fairborn City Schools; assistant principal/athletics and activities director, Maumee City Schools; assistant principal/athletics and activities director, Napoleon City Schools; assistant athletic director, adult education coordinator, teacher, Olmsted Falls City Schools; teacher, Crestview Local Schools, Ashland; teacher, Shelby City Schools.

Education: BS in social studies education, Ohio State University; educational administration licensuremiddle school/high school principal, Master of Science degree in physical education, University of Akron; educational administration licensure-middle school/ high school principal, Bowling Green State University; Doctor of Education degree (ABD), educational administration and supervision, University of Toledo.

•Michael Edwards, special education director, Clear Fork Valley Local Schools, Bellville. Previously: high school principal, East Clinton Local Schools, Lees Creek; consultant; high school principal/ special education director, Riverside Local Schools, DeGraff; middle school principal, Madison Plains Local Schools, London; teacher, Triad Local Schools, North Lewisburg, Trotwood-Madison Local Schools, Trotwood, Southview Senior High School, Dayton City Schools.

Education: Beavercreek High School, 1982; BS in health education, Ohio University, 1986; Masters in Education degree, Urbana University, 2000; administrative certification, University of Findlay, 2002; superintendent licensure, Ashland University, 2011.

I.V. Foster, Jr. Previously: superintendent, Duluth Independent School District, Duluth, Minn., and Prairie-Hills School District, Markham, Ill.; assistant superintendent for human resources and secondary education, Rock Island School District, Rock Island, Ill.; principal, Carl Sandburg Intermediate School, Freeport, Ill.; assistant principal, Emerson Junior High School, Oak Park, Ill.; dean of students, West Aurora Senior High School, Aurora, Ill.

Education: Bachelor of Arts degree, music education, Northern Illinois University, 1984; Master of Arts degree in music education, NIU, 1987; certificate of advanced study, educational administration and leadership, Illinois State University, 1994; Doctor of Education degree, educational administration and leadership, NIU, 2001.

William Friess, principal Wauseon Middle School, Wauseon Exempted Village Schools. Previously: principal, Delta Middle School.

Education: BS in education, Bowling Green State University, 1981; Master of Education degree in educational administration and supervision, University of Toledo,1993; Doctor of Education degree in educational administration and supervision, minor in education-related law, UT, 2001.

William Hanak, principal, Wauseon High School. Previously: assistant high school principal, Wauseon Exempted Village Schools; office assistant in charge of attendance and discipline, teacher, Patrick Henry Local School District; mentor/trainer, Northwest Nine Mentorship Program; teacher, South- Western City Schools.

Education: Poland Seminary High School, Poland, Ohio, 1984; BS in mathematics, Muskingum College, New Concord, 1988; Master of Education degree in educational administration and supervision, University of Toledo,1994; educational specialist degree, UT, 1996.

James Jones. Previously: superintendent, Ashland County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Ashland City Schools, Twinsburg City Schools; assistant superintendent, Twinsburg City Schools; principal, Twinsburg High School, Northwestern High School; assistant principal, Ashland High School; teacher, Canfield High School; adjunct instructor, Youngstown State University, teacher, Lake High School, Uniontown.

Education: BS in biology, minor in chemistry, Youngstown State University, 1976; Master of Science degree in secondary administration, YSU, 1981; postgraduate work, Kent State University and Ashland University.

Scott Lockwood, principal, Evergreen Local Schools. Previously: teacher, Otsego Local Schools, Jefferson Area Schools; police officer, Andover; teacher, Perrysburg Schools; firefighter, Perrysburg; teacher, Wood County Educational Service Center; child care worker, Berea; teacher aide, Portage County Educational Service Center, Ravenna; juvenile corrections, Portage County, Ravenna; child care worker, Ashtabula.

Education: EMT/rescue certifi cation, Hocking College; BS in education, Kent State University; HVAC certification, Ashtabula Vocational School; Ohio police officer certification, Ashtabula Police Academy; master’s degree in education, Marygrove College; principal licensure, Bowling Green State University; superintendent licensure, BGSU.

Susan Miko. Previously: superintendent, Patrick Henry Local School District, Gorham Fayette Local School District; principal, Swanton Junior High School; assistant principal, Timberstone Junior High School, Sylvania Public Schools; middle school library/media specialist, district technology coordinator/ curriculum, Eastwood Local School District; elementary/ middle school library/media specialist, Elmwood Local School District; teacher, North Baltimore Local School District; library/media specialist, teacher, Northwest Public Schools, Jackson, Mich.; teacher, Warren Woods Public Schools, Warren, Mich.; teacher, Detroit Public Schools.

Education: BS in education, Wayne State University, 1973; Master of Science degree in library science, WSU, 1975; Ph.D. in educational administration and leadership, Bowling Green State University, 2006.

Aaron Rex, high school principal, Wapakoneta City Schools. Previously: assistant principal and teacher, Wapakoneta City Schools.

Education: BS in education, Bowling Green State University, 1997; Master of Science degree in educational administration and supervision, BGSU, 2002.

Matthew Sheridan, principal, Thornville Elementary School. Previously: assistant principal, Sheridan Middle School, Thornville; teacher, Sheridan High School; tax return preparer, KPMG LLP, Columbus.

Education: bachelor’s in business administration, Miami University, 2003; Master of Business Administration degree, BGSU, 2004; Master of Education degree, BGSU, 2006; principal certification, grades 4-12, Ashland University, 2009; superintendent licensure program, Ohio University, 2011.

Chad Rex, school improvement consultant, Educational Service Center of Lake Erie West. Previously: educational technology consultant, ETECH Ohio Commission; solutions development executive, Apple Computer, Inc./J.R. Holcomb; teacher, Anthony Wayne Local School District.

Education: Archbold Area Local Schools, 1991; BS in elementary education, Bowling Green State University, 1994; Master of Education in career and technology, BGSU, 2001; educational specialist in educational administration and supervision, BGSU, 2011; Superintendent Cohort Leadership Academy, BGSU, 2011-present.

Royal Short, principal, Archbold High School. Previously: principal, Archbold Middle School; supervisor, work study program; special education supervisor, Defiance City Schools; special education supervisor, Northeastern Schools; director of Independence Education Center; teacher, Toledo Dioceses Schools, Toledo Public Schools.

Education: Archbold High School; bachelor’s in education, University of Toledo; master’s of special education, UT; administration and supervision, UT; superintendent certification, Bowling Green State University.

Arthur Stellar. Previously: superintendent, Burke County Public Schools, Morganton, N.C., and Taunton Public Schools, Taunton, Mass.; chief education officer, vice president, Renaissance Learning, Inc.; president/ chief executive officer/consultant, High/Scope Educational Research Foundation; superintendent, Kingston School District, Kingston, N.Y.; acting superintendent of schools, deputy superintendent of schools, special assistant to superintendent, Boston (Mass.) Public Schools; superintendent, Cobb County Public Schools, Marietta, Ga., Oklahoma City (Okla.) Public Schools, Mercer County Public Schools, Princeton, W. Va.; assistant superintendent, Shaker Heights City School District; coordinator of special projects/systemwide planning, Montgomery County Public Schools, Rockville, Md.; director of elementary education, Beverly (Mass.) Public Schools; elementary principal, teacher, South-Western City Schools, Grove City; curriculum coordinator, Belpre City Schools.

Education: Linden McKinley High School, 1965; BS, elementary education, Ohio University, 1969; Master of Arts degree in elementary school administration, OU, 1970; Ph.D., education administration, OU, 1973.

Douglas Thoburn, principal/ superintendent, Harvest Preparatory School, Canal Winchester. Previously: principal, Bradford High School, Starke, Fla.; director, career/ technical education, Career Academy at South Florida Community College, Highlands County School District, Sebring, Fla.; principal, Edison High School, Richmond, Cambridge Middle School, Cambridge, Miller High School, Corning, Licking Heights Middle School, Summit Station; guidance counselor, Caldwell High School; US Air Force.

Education: Cambridge High School, 1979; Associate of Applied Science degree, aircrew operations, Community College of the Air Force, Montgomery, Ala.; BS in vocational education, Southern Illinois University, 1989; Master of Human Relations degree, University of Oklahoma, 1998; principal certifi cation, Muskingum College, 2001; superintendent certification, Salem International University, 2003.

Loyal Wilson, central office administration, Zanesville City Schools. Previously: community school superintendent and SPED preschool director, Zanesville City Schools; principal and district curriculum director responsibilities, Wayne Trail Elementary School, Maumee; assistant principal, Gateway Middle School, Maumee; teacher, assistant to athletic director.

Education: BA in secondary education, Marietta College, 1987; Master of Social Service degree, sports management, U.S. Sports Academy, 1990; Masters of Education in educational administration, University of Cincinnati, 1998; superintendent licensure, University of Findlay.



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