Ashland High Athletic Director Karl Kemper has rescinded the resignation he made last month and will remain in Ashland for next academic year, Ashland School District Superintendent Juli Di Chiro said.

Ashland High Athletic Director Karl Kemper has rescinded the resignation he made last month and will remain in Ashland for next academic year, Ashland School District Superintendent Juli Di Chiro said.

Kemper, who announced last month that he would leave his position in Ashland after eight years on the job to become the assistant principal and athletic director at Banks High School, has decided to stay in Ashland for family reasons, Di Chiro said. He has three children in grades kindergarten through fourth.

"We're very happy to have him back with us," she said.

Under his watch, Ashland went from a Class 4A "big school" to a Class 5A in a six classification system starting in 2006, and later joined a 6A-5A hybrid league in 2010. Against pressure to play up and compete as a 6A, Kemper lobbied for the school to accept the OSAA's recommendation, arguing that it would offer the most positive experience for the school's student athletes.

Later, Kemper helped install a program that raised the academic bar for student-athletes beyond the OSAA's standards. The program is headed up by two monitors who keep tabs on every AHS athlete.

— Sam Wheeler