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|Abingdon Board Hires Head Coaches
|The head coaches for the Abingdon School District's sports teams can now move ahead with summer plans, although they don't have their assistant coaches on board just yet.
The District 217 School Board Wednesday night hired 14 coaches, all but two of them unanimously. What seemed to be a routine matter turned into a lengthy discussion after one board member didn't like the idea of hiring back coaches when more than two-dozen teachers and aides were cut by the school board, along with the coaches, earlier as part of the district's budget reduction plan.
Board member Roger Schrodt says he'd prefer to hire back the employees who work with students in the classroom first.
"One problem I have with all of this is, we have a lot of unrest sitting right now in our district," Schrodt said. "Teachers wondering whether they're going to be reassigned. We've RIF'd (Reduction in Force) a lot of people. Nobody knows what's going on. I just don't like the idea of coaches being the first ones hired back."
Schrodt also says he doesn't think sports took a big enough cut.
Superintendent Dr. Tami Roskamp says the coaches need to start planning their calendars soon, which in some cases includes camps that begin next month. She also said the money is in the budget for the coaches.
The school board decided to wait on hiring the assistant coaches until the possibility of other district employees previously cut by the board are rehired.
The board also unanimously approved a memorandum of understanding to apply for the federal Race to the Top Grant, Phase II, by the June 1st deadline. Illinois finished fifth in the first phase, not good enough to secure any of the extra federal money for school reforms.
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