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No action taken on soccer coach

No action taken on soccer coach

May 23, 2012 - By Carolyn B. Tyler, Staff Writer

Hiring a new Riverton High School girls soccer coach dominated the Fremont County School District 25 board meeting Tuesday.

In the end, action was tabled for a later date.

The school board, the administration, district patrons and two high school students discussed the subject for more than two hours before it was decided around 10 p.m. to table any action on the position.

Superintendent Terry Snyder said the postponement did not reflect on concerns about candidates but instead focused on the interview process used in the recommendation.

He said that process needs to be defined and refined before the hiring process is approached again.

The Riverton school board typically conducts executive sessions at the end of its public meetings. Tuesday, however, Snyder opened the meeting and said that because the nearly three dozen people in the audience were primarily interested in the hiring of the soccer coach, the board would go into that subject early in the meeting.

He said personnel issues are discussed in closed session to protect the individuals affected.

Initially one patron went into executive session with the board. After more than an hour, Snyder returned to the open meeting and invited any other interested people to join the private meeting. At that time, two high school girls were interviewed for 50 minutes in the executive session, and finally another patron had the opportunity for further input.

Returning to open session at 9:38 p.m., the board discussed other issues and finally took a vote on the high school girls soccer coaching position, voting unanimously to table action on the position until an unnamed time.

The new coach will succeed Rick Bergstedt, who is retiring after 26 years at the helm of the RHS varsity girls.

The high school soccer season concluded last week.

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