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‘I don’t know what is wrong with split tournaments’

BALTIMORE – Liberty Union Thurston School Board members had a lengthy agenda Monday night.

They spent about an hour in executive or closed session reviewing second-round applications to replace Superintendent Paul Mathews who is retiring July 31.

Five resignations were accepted :

• Social studies teacher Seth Howard;

• High school math teacher Ben Johnson;

• High school athletic director George Shreyer;

• Classroom aide Betsy Alt; and

• Varsity boys’ golf coach Billy Phillips.

Two year contracts for high school principal Ed Miller and elementary principal Linda Rainey were approved. Marilyn Howell was employed as a middle school cook.

A long list of supplemental contracts were also approved for year-round, fall and winter activities and sports. Contracts include:

• Ben Factor, instrumental music;

• Dan Johnson, head football;

• Rob Compton, head boys basketball;

• Adam Twiss, head girls basketball;

• Renee Mangette, head cross country;

• Elise Bottarini, head volleyball;

• Brett Bressler, head wrestling;

• Emily Fisher, vocal music;

• John LaBelle – JV boys basketball;

• Harold Lloyd – head girls golf;

• Ed Matox, head junior high football;

• Jamie Peardon, varsity football cheerleading;

• Scott Willliamson, fall and winter facility manager, and head junior high cross country; and

• Marcus Alford, head junior high wrestling.

A total of 116 seniors were approved to attend graduation ceremonies contingent on meeting all graduation requirements including payment of all dues and fees. Graduation is at 3:15 p.m. on Sunday, June 1. Monday, June 2, is the last day for all non-graduating students. The new school year begins on Wednesday, August 20.

High school principal Ed Miller reviewed the OHSAA’s latest proposal for competitive balance in the state tournaments. Miller said OHSAA’s Competitive Balance Committee is opposed to separate tournaments for public and private schools, primarily because 85 percent of the schools are public.

“Where the players come from” is considered a significant factor in competitive balance. The new plan adjusts enrollment counts which determine division assignments. It will apply to football, soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball. There is no impact of the student’s parent live outside the district or attendance zone if the student has been continuously enrolled in the district since the beginning of the 7th grade.

Otherwise, the number of players that don’t live in the district/ attendance zone or qualify for the 7th grade exemption is multiplied by two for football, five for volleyball, basketball, baseball and softball and six for soccer. Adjusting the enrollment numbers will force some schools into a higher division. Moves are limited to one division increase per year.

“This is the new plan,” Miller explained. “It is not a perfect situation, but it is better than we have.”

“It’s better than nothing,” Mathews added. “I don’t know what is wrong with split tournaments.” Miller is the district’s voting delegate and votes are due May 15.

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