Ryan Coleman will leave his post as principal of Amherst Junior High School at the end of the academic year.
“It’s a difficult personal decision. I’ve decided to get more involved with my family business,” he said Wednesday, the morning after a vote to accept his resignation.
His father, David Coleman, was principal at Admiral King High School in Lorain for more than 20 years — he’s owned the Pure gas station on Cooper Foster Park Road since 1975 and four years ago purchased the former Wyville’s Marathon on Cleveland Avenue.
After more than four decades in the business, Ryan said his father is “getting tired.”
“I’m going to take this opportunity to learn from him,” the younger Coleman said.
“We’re going to miss Ryan’s leadership,” Amherst superintendent Steven Sayers said, praising Coleman’s work over the past seven years, which has included earning rare Blue Ribbon honors for AJHS by the U.S. Department of Education.
Coleman, 41, isn’t retiring and won’t be disappearing from education altogether.
He’s been extended a two-year contract to serve as special education preschool director on a part-time basis, taking over for the retiring Lori Kendrick. That job pays $27,500 per year.
He said he’ll miss his coworkers — he called them “rock stars” — at the junior high.
“This is an outstanding building, it’s an incredible staff. I’m very appreciative of all the work that’s been done, working with the teachers, working with the students. You can’t find a better school that Amherst Junior High School,” he said. “I do love it here and have a sense of pride for the Amherst Schools and the Amherst community.”
A new AJHS principal has yet to be chosen by the Amherst board of education.
The transition will come at an odd time as the junior high welcomes sixth-graders next year. The grade shuffle is the first step in the demolition of Harris Elementary and Powers Elementary and construction of a new PK-3 building on South Lake Street where Harris now stands.
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