His status as a former Blue Streak made it very easy for Jayson Selgo to return home.
On Jan. 1, Selgo will become superintendent of Archbold Area Schools. He replaces Aaron Rex, who left to accept a superintendent position with Wapakoneta City Schools, and interim superintendent Marc Robinson.
A 2001 Archbold High School graduate, Selgo, 36, said his decision to accept the position was influenced by his experience as a student in the district.
“I consider myself very blessed to have had the opportunity to be a Blue Streak, and I look forward to offering students those same opportunities for years to come,” he said. “Being a superintendent has been a professional goal of mine for quite some time.”
Selgo earned a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Social Studies, with a minor in history, as well as a Master’s degree in Educational Administration, from Bowling Green State University. While pursuing his master’s degree he completed his principal’s and superintendent’s licensure. He earned a doctorate degree at the University of Findlay.
His career began teaching history at Norwalk High School. Four years later, Selgo was named junior high and high school principal at North Central Local Schools in Pioneer. In 2012, he became the Ottawa-Glandorf High School principal in Ottawa, Ohio.
He said over his 10 years in education he’s received excellent opportunities to learn from administrators and teachers alike. “I’m bringing experience from different schools and different sides,” he said.
Selgo will forego an agenda as he joins the school district, preferring to acclimate himself before working with the Board of Education on future goals for the schools. He said he also wants to “continue offering excellent opportunities for the students.”
His priorities include strong academics, but Selgo also wants the school district to ready students for life beyond the classroom.
“Some of these kids come from different backgrounds, so we’re also preparing them to be successful in whatever path they choose in life,” he said. “I think the schools and teachers do a fantastic job, and there’s no indicator on the grade card to measure that factor.”
Extracurricular activities play a large role in students’ overall experience, but Selgo worries that dwindling financial support from the state could affect that aspect of education. “School districts are being asked to do more with less, and that requires being more efficient with funds…while being financially responsible,” he said.
As for state testing, “I believe in accountability, but I also understand that students learn differently,” he said. “I would like to see a consideration for the amount of time it takes to plan for the testing and the time students (use to) take the test. I think there’s probably too much time spent on testing and preparing for testings. There are students who have different post-secondary goals, and the test is not as valuable to them.”
Selgo said he’ll make himself available to Archbold students, parents, and community members outside the school setting as often as his position allows. “That’s one of my favorite parts of the job – to see the students excel outside of the classroom,” he added.
He was selected over 12 other candidates “because he had the qualifications we were looking for to better the Archbold school district,” said Phil Nofziger, Board of Education president.
The new superintendent – who shares life with his wife Olivia and four children, Irelyn, Emersyn, Gehrig, and Crew –said he retains a lot of Blue Streak pride in Archbold schools.
“As a student, I quickly recognized that Archbold was a unique school district and community,” he said. “I’m incredibly fortunate for having had the experiences. I believe they’ve truly impacted my life since then. In my absence, I’ve come to realize how special Archbold is.”
Reach David J. Coehrs at 419-335-2010.