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|05-14-03: Controversy swirls around selection of
|Basketball coach will return to lead Coldwater High School boys team
By TIMOTHY COX
The Daily Standard
COLDWATER - Varsity boys basketball head coach Don Vogt will return for
a third season after a unanimous vote of school board members Tuesday.
Board members also hired a new varsity volleyball coach; the position
had been vacant since last fall during its meeting. The two coaching contracts were part
of a long list of coaching and other supplemental positions that were filled for the next
Vogt, who had been sharply criticized by at least one district resident
at past meetings, said he believes the board's decision shows confidence with the way
things are going in the basketball program.
"I think it's a vote for the basketball program as a whole and the
whole school," Vogt said this morning. "Anytime there is a 5-0 vote, they're
showing confidence in something."
There was no public discussion on Vogt's new contract, although board
members had met for about an hour in executive session earlier in the meeting to discuss
the evening's potential personnel decisions.
Vogt said the criticisms raised against him in recent weeks seem to
have died down lately. He declined to discuss the issue further. Past comments by
residents and school officials indicate that some people were upset over the resignation
of Vogt's two assistant coaches.
The district has advertised widely to fill remaining coaching
positions, Treasurer Sherry Shaffer said. The basketball assistant coaching positions will
be filled based on Vogt's recommendation, Shaffer said. if the athletic director and
superintendent also agree, Vogt's candidates for the jobs would be forwarded to the school
board for final approval.
Jeanette Vaughn was hired to fill the vacant volleyball post. Formerly
Jeanette Puthoff, she was a star volleyball player for St. Henry in the mid-1990s. Vaughn
will not be teaching in the district as part of her duties.
In other business Tuesday, board members:
- Approved annual memberships in nine different technical and
professional support organizations at a total cost of $8,026.
- Gave one-year contracts to seventh-grade social studies teacher Tami
R. Kramer, special education teacher Donna Fisher, foreign language teacher Ellen Hecht
and bus driver Henry Schwieterman.
- Gave new contracts to varsity wrestling coach Chuck Alig, gymnastics
coach Jane Diller, swimming coach Carla Post and half-year mentor Marilyn Tobe.
- Hired Jeff Kerr and Mike Klock as summer physical education teachers
and student workers Brian Boeke, Jason Bruns, Stefanie Borger, Matt Naveau and Angie
- Hired Bill and Joan Schwieterman to clean and detail the school bus
fleet this summer at a rate of $125 per bus.
- Set the rental fee for district-owned musical instruments at $25 per
year. The old rate was $15.
- Approved early dismissal for all students on May 29 at 2 p.m.
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