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Yoder Resigns From Archbold School Board

David Yoder, a member of the Archbold Area School Board, resigned effective Monday, Nov. 17.

Yoder, who is completing his ninth year, told the Archbold Buckeye he is resigning to spend more time with his family.

“With my wife, Mari, going to work full-time, our personal schedules have gotten much more difficult.

“We still have three kids at home- that, and two aging mothers. We need to make more time for family,” he said.

The decision had nothing to do with the controversy started by the non-renewal of Kevin “Scoop” Miller, former Archbold High School girls basketball and baseball coach, he said.

In August, the board opted not to renew K. Miller’s supplemental contract to coach basketball. Several have questioned the decision.

Yoder said he enjoyed his years on the board.

“It’s very fulfilling to help students. Everything we do is for the students,” he said.

The most difficult part of the job, he said, is ensuring that the board and the school district staff “are headed in the same direction.”


Yoder was first elected to the board in November 1999, and started his first term in January 2000. He completed two terms, and was last reelected in November 2007.

His current term started in January 2008.

“I’m just completing the first year of my third term,” he said.

Yoder served two years as board president.


In a prepared statement, Scott Miller, board president, said the board must fill the open seat on the board within 30 days.

David Deskins, district superintendent, said persons interested in serving on the board should contact him for an application on Monday, Nov. 10. The board will accept applications until Monday, Nov. 17, at 4 pm.

The Ohio School Board Association states that to serve on a board, a person must be a registered voter and a resident of the school district.

After the application deadline passes, the board will begin interviews with interested parties.

Deskins said the board intends to name a replacement for Yoder by its Monday night, Dec. 15, meeting.

The person appointed to the board will serve one year. He will then have to stand for reelection during a special election. The special election date will be the same day as the 2009 Fall General Election.

Others interested in the post may place their names on the ballot for the special election, following the usual Ohio election procedures.

The person who wins the special election will then serve out the remainder of Yoder’s term, and stand for reelection again in the fall of 2011.

Michael Bumb, Fulton County probate court judge, will make the appointment if the school board does not select a candidate after 30 days.

Miller’s Statement

S. Miller praised Yoder in a prepared statement.

“David Yoder has faithfully served this district for the past nine years and has been involved in many positive leadership initiatives within the district.

“David has been, and remains, a strong supporter of the board, the superintendent, the administration, staff, and students of Archbold.

“We will certainly miss his leadership on the board.

“While we fully understand the demands of serving on the board, we admire David’s desire to always keep increased family commitments a numberone priority.

Deskins said, “Our entire community offers our thanks to Mr. Yoder for his dedication and commitment to the students, families, and businesses of the Archbold Area Schools.

“He has been instrumental in helping our district respond favorably during extremely diffi- cult financial times the district has encountered over recent years.

“Mr. Yoder will remain a strong advocate in education as well as for students having varied extracurricular opportunities at Archbold, and his heart will always be with the Archbold Area Schools, its students, staff members, and the entire community.

“I also offer my appreciation to his family members for allowing him to spend so much time serving the students and taxpayers of our district. His service to the board will be greatly missed,” he said.

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