Myers finishes 41 years working with BG schools
Written by MARIE THOMAS BAIRD Sentinel Education Editor
Saturday, 21 December 2013 09:50
Eric Myers is again leaving Bowling Green Schools, and this time he says it's for good.
|BG School Board member Eric Myers is seen before the final school board meeting of 2013. Myers is retiring after 12 years of service. (Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Myers will end his 12-year run on the school board at the end of this month. He chose not to run for reelection.
This is Myers' second time "retiring" from the school district.
In 2000, he stepped down as assistant superintendent.
He has spent 41 years working for and leading the district.
During his years here, he also has served as special needs and work experience teacher; wrestling, golf, football and girls track coach; as high school athletic director; and high school principal.
"It's had its moments," he said about being on the opposite side of running the district as a school board member.
"I felt I had some unusual background (to run) for school board," Myers said about the decision he made 12 years ago. "This seemed to be something I knew something about."
Myers graduated in 1969 from Ohio Wesleyan University with a degree in politics and government.
He spent three years as a teacher in Monroeville before coming to Bowling Green.
He's most proud of watching the tremendous successes of the students and watching teachers work hard to get students those successes.
He does not have fond memories of the district's exploring the redistricting of elementary buildings.
That "most certainly is a dead issue," he stated.
And then there is the defeat of the last levy, specifically the how and why it was defeated.
"People spent so much money defeating the levy and to bad-mouth teachers."
He's been in Bowling Green since 1972 and he has never seen so much negativity about school staff.
"The teachers could not help but take it personally."
He's also pleased with the opportunity he has had to serve with the other four board members.
They're "willing to work together ... always looking out for what's best for our children."
"He is a wonderful colleague," said Ellen Scholl, who has served with Myers for eight years on the school board.
Myers is a "font of information" with his knowledge of laws and district policies, she added.
"He was our go-to person in just about every area," said Superintendent Ann McVey.
"Schools are a passion for him. He sees somebody who has a problem and does his best to fix it," Scholl said.
Myers has quietly gone about the business of helping individuals and families without recognition for it, shared McVey.
"He might retire from the schools but he'll never retire from continuing to give to children and families," she stated.
He has an uncanny way of knowing needs: providing gifts for a certain occasion, providing fifth-grade camp fees, and helping students who may not come up with fees for school activities.
"I'm sure there are many, many things he has done that I'm not aware of," McVey said.
Myers will continue teaching full time at Bowling Green State University through May, when he will retire after 12 years.
"That'll be the third retirement as my wife so aptly puts it," he quipped.
He now teaches undergrads the organization of schools, and graduates on becoming principals and superintendents. He hopes to return teaching part time at BGSU in the fall and add an Honors seminar on school choice.
"They keep you young and active," he said about his daily interaction with students.
He requires his students to attend one school board meeting, not necessarily in Bowling Green, but his 409 students have often been in the audience at the monthly meetings.
"They need to know the role of the board," he explained.
Over the summer he will work on his golf game - "it needs a lot of work" - and walk the dogs.
He and his wife, Linda, also likely will visit their grandchildren in Michigan and South Carolina.
And he plans to continue volunteering in town, for the holiday parade and the Black Swamp Arts Festival, specifically. He'll also stay involved with the Portage Lions Club.
Myers said he will miss keeping up to date on what's going on in the district.
"It's been part of my life for 41 years."
Last Updated on Saturday, 21 December 2013 09:55