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Snyder leads effort to resolve RHS football issues
Apr 26, 2013 - By Craig Blumenshine, Staff Writer
The superintendent said he wants to have the process "wrapped up by next week."
With a vision of restoring faith in Riverton High School football, the Riverton school board has asked superintendent Terry Snyder to become directly involved in the process of understanding and resolving issues that have now plagued the program.
Snyder says he won't waste any time.
"It's about all the entities involved, and I want to have this process wrapped up by next week," Snyder said.
The direction from the board came after Tuesday night's regular board meeting when a capacity crowd listened to seven citizens express their support for seven assistant coaches that have either resigned or have been asked by head football coach Jeremy McCormick to not return to coach the Wolverines next season.
"I met with Coach McCormick (Wednesday) night. I want to be fair to all involved," Snyder said.
Snyder, who met with the four coaches who resigned last Friday, said he also intends to meet with assistant coach Randy Weber, the only assistant coach remaining on the Wolverine staff, the three coaches who were asked to not return (he's already met with one), and junior and senior football players.
"I want to get a clearer picture of all the issues from all the angles. This is an important decision," Snyder said.
The superintendent said he will invite the players to meet with him without high school administrators or coaches present.
"The perspective of players is valuable. They are the customers in this process, and what they have to say is important. I hope they will come and talk to me," Snyder said.
Snyder said that he would then formulate his decisions and meet with McCormick a second time.
"I want to have the best football program in the state. That has to be our vision," Snyder said.
Contacted Friday morning, Riverton school board chairman Mark Stone said that kids only get one opportunity to play high school football, and that he and fellow board members want to make sure that opportunity is not jeopardized.
"We need to find a quick resolution to this matter and get staff in place," Stone said.