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January 9, 2013

Board creates new position to fill vacancy at Clements

— The Limestone County Board of Education voted 6-1 to create a new teaching and coaching position at Clements High School after a protracted discussion during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening.

The board agreed to add the position to allow Clements Principal Keith Hairrell to fill the head football coaching vacancy, which requires an accompanying teaching unit.

The job came open after Hairrell declined to renew the coaching supplement for Michael Brown, who still teaches physical education at the high school.

Board member Earl Glaze cast the dissenting vote after inquiring why an assistant coach at the school couldn’t be named as interim head coach until a teaching position became available at the end of the school year.

“I have a concern about creating a new position,” Glaze said prior to voting. “I think it’s bad business creating a position when there’s no vacancy.”

Superintendent Dr. Tom Sisk said having a permanent football coach in time for spring drills would allow Clements to properly evaluate its players.

He assured the board that he had the authority to ensure a teaching vacancy would exist by the next school year.

“The Student First law allows a superintendent to move a teacher within the first 20 days (of a school year) with the board’s approval,” Sisk said. “It’s this superintendent’s intention to ensure there is a vacancy.”

Even though the football coaching position hadn’t been posted yet, Hairrell said eight candidates had already contacted him. He said the new coach would immediately alleviate some of the overcrowded physical education classes at Clements.

“We have 95 to 100 students in one P.E. class with only two people trying to keep track of that many,” Hairrell said. “If there is a person available, there (are) numbers to support having another P.E. teacher.”

Clements, which had one of the smallest rosters in Class 3A with less than 25 players, finished the 2012 season 1-9 for the third consecutive season during Brown’s three-year tenure.

The Colts’ last winning season was 2009, when they went 7-4 and made their third straight playoff appearance under then-coach Barry Daniel.

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