ROCKSPRINGS — Following comments from Meigs High School Girls Basketball Coach Jarrod Kasun and a lengthy executive session, the Meigs Local Board of Education and proposed assistant coach Cary Betzing came up with a compromise.
During its previous meeting, the board had voted 4-1 against the hiring of Betzing as an assistant coach for the varsity girls basketball team, something that had been recommended to the board by Kasun. Heather Hawley was the lone “yes” vote.
On Tuesday night, Kasun addressed the board during public participation, explaining the need for the hiring of Betzing and the impact on the program of only having two coaches for 19 players.
Kasun explained that it is hard to find coaches who have the time to dedicate to be at practices and games, as well as have the knowledge to help “our kids.”
“We have really good kids here,” said Kasun, explaining that they are trying to teach unity, respect and discipline to the team.
Kasun has had one other coach working with him leading up to the start of the season, and explained that even dividing in groups, meant each coach was working with 10 kids. That makes it difficult to work with individual players on things they need to learn and work on.
Board Vice President Ryan Mahr told Kasun the board would consider the request. That consideration took place in an executive session which in part included Kasun and Betzing.
Following the executive session, the board voted 3-0 (board members Larry Tucker and Todd Snowden were not present) to approve Betzing as a volunteer assistant girls basketball coach for instructional purposes, allowing for Betzing to coach the team in practices where Kasun said the help is needed.
This action did not resend the previous action in which the board voted against the hiring of Betzing.
In other business, the board approved the district’s participation in the OATCCC (Ohio Association of Track and Cross Country Coaches) Indoor State Championships.
A $450 scholarship was accepted from OVEC-Kyger Creek Plant.
Linda Riggs was approved as a volunteer high school cheerleader advisor for the remainder of the school year.
Lee Burnem was hired for a split-shift position as a custodian at Meigs Middle School and Meigs High School, effective Dec. 1.
An uncompensated leave request was approved through Feb. 28 for a staff member.
The board approved the revised district policy and plan for gifted education.
A second reading of changes to bylaws and policies, administrative guidelines and forms, as recommended by NEOLA, was approved.
Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.