Briar Principal To Retire - Again

Mr. Matheny Announces Retirement From Briar
Posted on 02/12/2020
Briar Principal Scott Matheny

Just less than three years ago, Scott Matheny came to Perkins Local Schools in a pinch to serve as Briar Middle School’s principal. He expected to stay a year. On Wednesday, he made his resignation official and he plans, once again, to retire at the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

The Perkins Local School District Board of Education accepted his resignation. Board members also shared their appreciation for his service to the district, its students, parents and guardians, and the Briar staff.

“Thank you very much for stepping up,” said Board member Scott Hart. “I’m not sure what we would have done had you not taken the opportunity.”

Board member Jason Dulaney agreed. “I’m going to miss you when I come into the building. Hopefully I’ll get to see you somewhere else.”

“It’s been a pleasure,” Mr. Matheny told Board members.

Mr. Matheny has been principal at Briar since the start of the 2017-2018 school year. 

Superintendent Mr. Boggs commended Mr. Matheny and thanked him for his honesty, perspective, guidance, and willingness to learn. 

“Have a great ride into the sunset,” Mr. Boggs told Mr. Matheny. 

Mr. Matheny, who retired as the principal at Huron High School after the 2015-2016 school, was recommended for hire at Briar by former Perkins Superintendent Jodie Hausmann and stayed through the transition to Superintendent Todd Boggs, who is in his second school year at Perkins.

“The Briar staff is in a very different mindset and our systems have been retooled and refined with the guidance and assistance of assistant Briar Principal Jeff Thom, our Data Team as well as our Building Leadership Team and our Problem Solving Team,” Mr. Matheny said in his resignation letter to the Board. The school improved from being a “School of Focus” to “Independent” in the state of Ohio rankings, which is typically a three-year process, in just more than a year. “That solidified in my mind that my work here is now complete.”

Mr. Matheny, a Wauseon native, will remain a part of the Perkins family for the foreseeable future. 

“I’m looking forward to just hanging out at home,” Mr. Matheny said. His wife, Melissa Matheny, teaches first grade at Furry Elementary.

Mr. Matheny has 36 years of experience teaching and serving as an administrator. In addition to his time at Perkins and Huron, he started his career in Arcadia and served as an assistant principal in Findlay, and an assistant principal and principal in Sandusky. 

The district now will begin a search for Mr. Matheny’s successor. Mr. Boggs said that the search will commence in the coming weeks and a new principal is expected to be named before the end of the current school year.