YORK TWP. — Many athletes refer to him as "Uncle Glen" or "Grandpa Glen."
He was the man to wave at everyone in the hallway, the one who had his door open to students who wanted to talk about their grades and college and the extra fan cheering from the bleachers.
Glen Reisner, 63, recently announced he's stepping down as athletic director after nine years in the position, effective July 31.
He's not leaving for good, though.
On Tuesday, the school board approved a two-year supervisory contract for Reisner to become facility and maintenance supervisor, effective Aug. 1.
His annual salary will be $65,000, the same as he was paid for his previous role. Reisner's old job has been posted at www.medina-esc.org for applications.
Reisner said the decision to step down wasn't easy.
"These kids are my kids, (and) the hardest part about taking new job is losing the one-on-one interaction with them," Reisner said. "(But) they are still my kids ... I love them the same and will do whatever I can to make them successful wherever I can."
Reisner said he is looking forward to spending more time with his family - wife Patty, daughters Heather and Sarah, sons Cory and Chris, and six grandchildren.
He and Patty, 1972 Buckeye graduates, reside in of York Township. Patty Reisner is the leader of concession stand operations and has been an active member of the Buckeye Athletic Boosters with her husband.
"She's done just as much work for the Buckeye community as I have," he said.
Reisner has been involved in the Buckeye community for more than 30 years. His tenure includes serving as president of the boosters, a leader in forming the Buckeye Soccer Association youth league, and coaching youth baseball, softball, basketball and soccer.
Reisner and his wife were among charter members of the nonprofit Consolidation Boosters, which raised nearly $1 million from 2005 to 2008 for students to play sports after Buckeye Schools eliminated its athletic programs because of financial restraints.
When he was hired as athletic director in 2008, Reisner said, the department was back up and running.
He is also a key adviser of a nonprofit, nationwide organization, Right To Win, that collects donations to sponsor students who need financial assistance for pay-to-participate fees. It was founded in 2014. Reisner said the organization has helped about 20 students to date.
Jalin Brock, a 2016 Buckeye graduate, was the first student helped through the program. He played football as a linebacker for the Bucks.
"It's a great organization to help kids all over the United States," Reisner said. "The great thing about it is they have to meet certain goals, keep their grades at a certain average and do community work. I feel very proud to be part of that."
Over the last nine years, Reisner said, he has seen an increase in participation, despite the district's pay-to-participate fees. He said about 25 percent of students participate in a sport or marching band. This past school year, 694 students participated in a sport or activity, which accounts for students who participated in one or more sport.
The board recently reduced the high school fees by $50 per sport/activity and junior high school fees were reduced by $25 per sport/activity, effective next school year. High school students who play one sport now will pay $345 and junior high students will pay $270.
"The big thing is to help families who otherwise can't afford to participate, to participate," he said.
Reisner said he had put up the "WWJD" (what would Jesus do?) sign in his office.
"You're on this Earth to be a servant," he said. "I've been here for the kids to make sure they have a good environment and that we have great coaches for the kids. I'll still be there to cheer them on."
While it was a tough decision for Reisner to make, he said "I will still be a part of (athletics) by improving the facilities, like the new baseball field, coating on the track and getting fences fixed around the fields to get them looking like they should ... like Buckeye."
- The board approved a two-year contract for Kelli Knapp as principal for Buckeye Intermediate School on Tuesday. She succeeds Richard Finley, who resigned effective July 31. Knapp's salary will be $85,000. "I'm looking forward to working with the community and the staff and students at Buckeye and taking on a new position as principal," Knapp said Friday. Knapp started her career in Medina City Schools teaching kindergarten, first and third grade at Sidney Fenn Elementary School for six years. She then taught third grade for four years at Waite Elementary School before becoming associate principal at A.I. Root Middle School, where she's been for the last four years. Knapp, 36, earned a bachelor's degree in early childhood education and special education and a master's in educational technology at Baldwin Wallace University. She received a master's in educational leadership with a principal's licensing from Concordia University of Chicago in Illinois. Knapp resides in LaGrange in Lorain County with two children.
- Hannah Hartley, a 2013 Buckeye High School graduate, has been hired as a kindergarten teacher at Buckeye Primary School. "I'm really excited to return to the place that shaped me into the person I am today," Hartley said Friday. "I was inspired to become a teacher by my kindergarten teacher Mrs. (Linda) Collins. Now, I'm so happy to announce that I get to work alongside her on the kindergarten team." Hartley graduated in May from Ashland University with a bachelor's in early childhood education and early childhood special education and a minor in online teaching and instructional technology.
- Summer maintenance projects include replacing pavement in front of the Buckeye elementary schools; completing the heating, ventilation and air conditioning replacement in the high school; and sealing the exterior block wall of the elementary buildings to resolve leaking issues. The total project cost is $353,650.
- Buckeye Schools Superintendent Kent Morgan said he is looking into addressing drainage issue that causes standing rain in the Buckeye Elementary playground.
- The 2017-18 school year calendar was approved Tuesday night. The first day of school is Aug. 21.
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