Tim Reeve chose teaching to spend more time with his family. He didn't plan for all this.
Two months after taking over for demoted athletics director Jody Grooms, Lakeside High School's assistant principal is feeling the weight of his two jobs.
He sat at a table in Lakeside's cafeteria Friday monitoring lunch traffic. After throwing on his AD cap for a meeting, Reeve was interrupted with a request for a hall pass and ended up escorting a student to the other side of the school.
"It's been a nightmare as far as time," Reeve said. "Let's just say this: I don't get home much for dinner."
Reeve's days started getting longer around Thanksgiving.
He said he's willing to stick with his dual duties as long as principal Jeff Carney needs him. He was told he'd be in the position until the beginning of football season in August, but is not sure of his timetable.
"I'm looking forward to handing it back to somebody in August," Reeve said. "At the moment, I only know that I have it until the beginning of next school year and it will be reevaluated, whatever that may mean. I don't mind it."
Grooms will remain as Panthers football coach after serving a two-game suspension to begin the season. Offensive coordinator Jarrett Troxler will likely fill the role during Grooms's absence.
Whether the Panthers will have a permanent replacement for Reeve by then is unknown. Carney said in January that there was no search under way for Reeve's replacement, and that he would probably wait until after the school year.
In the meantime, Reeve will continue to keep order in the cafeteria at lunchtime, meet with parents and oversee the the athletics department.
"It needs to be done," Reeve said. "You hate for anything in your school and community to fail. It's just always been my view that we're in it together, and I do my part and you do your part and things will go well."
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