CUNNINGHAM RAISES SPORTS ISSUES - "It Bothers Me When I Hear Things From The Public"


By Bob Weaver

Calhoun school board member Ralph Cunningham asked other board members if they are still committed to accountability of coaches in the system. Cunningham said "It bothers me when I hear things from the public. Are we satisfied with the status?" His comments were made at Monday night's Board of Education meeting.

Board member Carlene Frederick said "Coaches have not been evaluated in the past. I thought we changed that last year." Board members responded they are committed to such accountability and evaluation.

"I am concerned about some of our sports programs, those that lack student, parent and public support, sometimes because of a lack of respect or confidence," said Cunningham. "Sometimes it is techniques or how they (coaches) handle children." Cunningham gave positive strokes to sports administrator Roger Propst for his efforts with various programs.

He said it was his understanding "performance (poor) cannot be used in the evaluation of individuals engaged in extracurricular activities," criteria developed by the state.

The Board approved new guidelines for graduation attire and increased the price for an adult meal in school cafeterias from $2.50 to $2.75.

Superintendent Ron Blankenship asked the Board to continue the Glenville State College Tuition agreement, which is directed toward increasing the college going rate. "It is an excellent program for our kids," he said.

Blankenship spoke about the Reduction in Workforce. "We tried to do the RIF earlier in the year so our employees could make needed adjustments."

Board member Juanita Berdine expressed concerns about home schooling. She expressed confusion over the high standards under which schools provide instruction and minimal standards required for home schooling.

Details of Monday night's meeting will appear in tomorrow's update.

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