Superintendent William Capehart presented Larry Wright with a certificate from That National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve/Department of Defense stating that “only four of these awards are given each year throughout the state, and we are happy to present one of our own with this recognition.”
Several residents of the community also were in attendance to express their concern about the status of Point Pleasant High School varsity softball coach Lewie Wickline. Some of those included players, parents and an assistant coach.
One parent asked the Board to clarify the regulations of hiring a coach. Capehart later explained that there are governing rules and regulations that must be followed and that are provided by the state law on hiring coaches.
“There are statutes for us to follow on hiring coaches,” Capehart stated.
He continued to go to state from the law the five steps for hiring the position of a head/assistant coach. First choice goes to certified teachers who have experience in the sport; second step, applicable certified teachers; third, other county employees such as aides; fourth, sub-teachers with certification; and lastly, citizen coaches.
Board member Matt Thompson also clarified to those in attendance that citizens must reapply for the position every year, while an educator does not.
“The Board cannot break the law,” said board president Tom Nunnery. “This is an issue across the state.”
The Board also clarified on the issue that seniority does not apply in this type of situation that is furthermore detailed in Policy No. 807.