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April 22, 2014

Cash clarifies coach rumors

PRYOR, OK — As the Locust Grove community is struggling to understand the school board's decision to dismiss four coaches of their duties, Superintendent David Cash had a few answers.

“I wish I could tell the public why the school board and I made this decision, but I can't. I know it's frustrating, but it's a matter of employee privacy. I can't just share personnel records,” said Cash.

He was able to say, however, that the decision was not a financial one.

“The April school board meeting is when extra-duty contracts are reviewed, coaching falls in that category,” said Cash. “At this meeting, the board elected not to renew the extra-duty contracts of these four coaches.”

He said the extra-duty portion is only 10-15 percent of the contract, and that those who are mid-season are completing the season. The dismissal does not change anything for this school year, he said.

Cash said no replacement coaches have been found, “absolutely not.”

“We're only just now fielding phone calls and applications for the position. We know that summer is a crucial time for coaches, so we hope to hire by the end of the school year,” said Cash, clarifying that the decision was not made to seat someone else in the positions.

Cash said he knows there are many rumors circulating, and he hopes to dispel a few of them.

“So, it was not financial. It was not because we had someone else we wanted,” said Cash. “It was not due to any misconduct with students. The rumor that we are eliminating the wrestling program couldn't be further from the truth, we encourage anything that keeps students engaged.”

He said he knows it may be difficult to get students refocused for the remainder of the school year, but even that was something the school board considered when making their decision.

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