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Upper Arlington boys athletics director stepping down

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Michael Schaefer is exchanging his administrator’s hat for a return to the classroom.

Schaefer, the boys athletics director at Upper Arlington High School since 2010, is stepping down as of July 31 to become a health teacher at Jones Middle School.

“I’ve had a fantastic run but with three little kids, it’s time for a change,” Schaefer said. “My priorities have always been faith and family first, and for me to do that, this was a career move I needed to make.”

Schaefer and his wife, Kirsten, have three children — Samantha, 10; Bo, 7; and Emma, 4.

Previously a health, wellness and physical education teacher in UA, Schaefer served as interim athletics director with Greg Sullivan for the winter and spring seasons of the 2009-10 school year. In the summer of 2010, Schaefer was named full-time boys athletics director, with Jodi Palmer taking the same job overseeing girls sports, a job she continues to hold.

According to Schaefer, Jim Voyles will serve as interim boys athletics director for the 2014-15 school year.

Schaefer will continue as an assistant coach for Upper Arlington’s football team.

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