To the Editor: BG school board should appreciate coach's hard work
Written by Stuart Stearns   
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 09:15
The Sentinel--Wednesday, July 3, 2013,--in quoting Superintendent McVey said Von Graffin was not fired or non-renewed. The next paragraph said he was not offered another contract. Isn't that non-renewal? It seems in reading related articles over the last week that hard work, dedication, loyalty to the program--both coaches and players, developing fine young student athletes, and providing a program that gives the school system and the community a sense of pride does not really mean anything any more.  What really appears to count and allows Bowling Green coaches to keep their jobs is who gets to play or more important who does not get to play. Good Luck Scott Seeliger, you'll need more that good players to succeed in your new jobs.
I was a teacher in the Bowling Green system for 32 years and was in coaching for 15 years and was athletic director for six years and always had the support of the Superintendent and Board of Education in working with coaches, student athletes and the parents did not determine who started or played nor had Board members interfere. Supplemental contracts were always issued on a one year basis--could be extended for two years as enticement, recommended by the Athletic Director, Principal, then the Superintendent, and voted on by the Board of Education. It appears that the Superintendent, the Board of Education, and the State of Ohio may have changed the rules governing supplemental contracts.
Ann, you said we need a new and fresh start, a "CLEAN SLATE," maybe what should have been the first to go was the Board of Education--maybe its time to replace them. I feel sorry for you Ann, and meaning no disrespect to you or your position as I have known you for a long time, don't make a mistake or you'll be the next to go.
Stuart Stearns
Bowling Green

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