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Washington County superintendent to make rules on hiring coaches

September 01, 2009|By DAN DEARTH

HAGERSTOWN -- Washington County Public Schools Superintendent Elizabeth Morgan will develop the administrative regulations that govern the way coaches are hired and evaluated, after a 5-2 vote Tuesday by the Washington County Board of Education.

Board members Donna Brightman and William H. Staley cast the dissenting votes.

Brightman said before the vote was taken that allowing the superintendent to draft the regulations would limit the board's authority to deal with coaches.

"Historically, there's been a lot of issues surrounding coaching," Brightman said after the meeting. "I think the Board of Education needs to have some oversight ... I really think we're going to be losing some of our accountability to the citizens."

Brightman said the board needs to have a say to ensure that coaches are hired and evaluated properly. She said she has heard from parents that some coaches have intimidated players and parents, which is even further reason to keep the board involved.

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Board member Justin M. Hartings said before the vote that the board would retain veto power over the superintendent's office.

Coaching jobs have to be offered to an employee of the school system first. If an employee isn't interested, school officials can hire a coach from the general public.

Board President Wayne D. Ridenour said after the meeting that the principal of the individual school -- not the board -- should hire coaches because the principal is the person who will have to work with them.

Morgan said she would be willing to talk to residents and parents to develop the best method to hire and evaluate coaches.

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