LOUDONVILLE — Kelly Seboe, whose 27-year career in education includes the last 10 in the Loudonville-Perrysville School District, will take on a completely new assignment when school starts on Aug. 22.
Seboe will serve as principal of the C.E. Budd Elementary School, grades 4-6. This is a far cry from his most recent service, as assistant principal and athletic director at Loudonville High School.
"Taking on the Budd principalship will be a complete transition for me," Seboe said. "My first three years, I taught at the junior-high level. All the time since I have worked in the high school environment. This is my first experience with elementary students and teachers.
"For me, this will be a big personal challenge," he continued. "Dealing with the elementary curriculum is completely different for me, and I have never worked with elementary students. However, the kid part, that is building relationships with students, is the thing I enjoy the most in being in education."
Seboe and wife Julie's three daughters, twins Annie and Emily, 17, and juniors, and Katie, 13, and an eighth-grader, all went through the Budd School. "So, from the standpoint of a parent, I am very familiar with the building. I look forward to working with a new staff and anticipate a great school year. I am a very competitive person, and my goal is to make the Budd School the best elementary school around."
Seboe grew up in central Wisconsin, Auburndale, and attended school in a district the same size as Loudonville-Perrysville. Tall — standing 6 foot 5 today — he was a natural as a basketball player, started his final two seasons in high school and helped his team to the regional tournament his senior season.
He then attended a junior college, the University of Wisconsin at Marshfield, for two years. Attracted by an opportunity to play college basketball as well as to attend a Christian college, he transferred his junior year to Cedarville College in Ohio, where he played basketball for two seasons and earned a degree in education, specializing in social studies education.
His first teaching job was at the Tree of Life Christian School, located on the north side of Columbus, teaching seventh-grade social studies and serving as junior varsity basketball coach.
Next, he returned to Wisconsin and began a 24-year run as a high school social studies teacher and varsity boys basketball coach at Westfield, Wisconsin, where he worked for four years.
He came back to Ohio and to this area in 2000, landing the coaching and teaching position at Lexington High School. He coached at Lexington for two seasons, and the last two coached at Lucas while continuing to teach at Lexington.
Then he moved to West Holmes where he taught and coached for five years before moving west to Loudonville.
For seven years, he coached and taught world history before ascending to the assistant principal-athletic director post.
His wife Julie, with whom he celebrated their 24th anniversary on Aug. 6, followed Seboe in all of his teaching and coaching changes. She today serves as library and media director at the L-P Schools.
He will continue to serve as head basketball coach here. Asked if being in a different building than his players could cause problems, he answered: "They see enough of me at practices. Plus I have two able assistants, Matt Rucki (whom he coached at West Holmes), and John Battaglia keeping the players in line."