Patron disappointed with the restructuring of the MP activities director position
By BROOKS TAYLOR
Mt. Pleasant News
Chuck Allen wants Scot Lamm to continue coaching.
Lamm, however, in his new position as Mt. Pleasant Community School District activities director can’t.
That’s because the school district has restructured the position and made it an administrative job.
Bob Jensen, the current activities director, is retiring June 30. Jensen also was head football coach while serving as activities director, but no more coaching with the position the district says.
Lamm, current WisdomQuest principal, is head boys’ track coach, an assistant football coach and middle school wrestling coach in the district. He was approved as Mt. Pleasant activities director during last night’s school board meeting.
“I am concerned,” Allen said, regarding the new structuring of the position. “Why were they split up?”
Board member Regina Erickson said that the number of activities in the school district forced the restructuring. “We have so many activities at the school and the position has moved to a larger scope. That is why I support a full-time activities director…The job description is an administrative position. We are asking for someone with more administrative responsibilities. It is a full-time job in itself.”
“We’ve had a big expansion of the position and its responsibilities. Based on my recommendation, they expanded it,” added Dr. John Roederer, superintendent of schools.
Allen asked if Lamm ever will have a chance of coaching if he remains activities director.
“Not as it is structured now and it won’t change,” answered board member Ken Feldmann.
Allen asked the board why “they were dumping more administrative stuff on it (the position) if you can’t justify what has been done in the past?”
“We are asking more of the person,” Erickson answered.
Board member Michelle Skubal noted that “it would be very difficult to evaluate activities if you are a full-time coach.”
In more discussion, Allen said it was his understanding that Lamm “has been awarded” the high-school football coaching position before taking the activities director job. The board said that was absolutely false, that no person has been offered the football coaching position.
“As a citizen, I feel it is a mistake taking him (Lamm) out of coaching…I just feel the district is being shorted by taking away a passion of his.”
The Rev. Monte Knudsen, pastor of the Faith Christian Outreach Church, who was at the meeting on another matter, agreed with Allen. “I think Scot would have been a tremendous football coach.” Knudsen asked whether an assistant activities director could be hired, so Lamm could continue coaching.
His question was not answered.
Knudsen was at the meeting, representing the Henry County Ministerial Association. He said that the association has always enjoyed a good relationship with the district, but asked the district to write a policy allowing for church activities on Wednesday night.
He said the policy was requested because Roederer and Jensen were both leaving. “Dr. Roederer and Bob (Jensen) have been great to work with. Since there are going to be changes, we felt it would be helpful and beneficial if there was a policy.”
Roederer suggested a policy not allowing student activities on Wednesday beyond 5:30 p.m. for middle-school students and 6:30 p.m. for high-school students.
The matter was referred to the board’s policy committee.
In other personnel matters, the board approved contracts for Joseph Garvey, .56 time high school technology teacher; Michelle Wade, assistant varsity softball coach; Renee Faul and Melanie Phipps, middle school one-on-one special education para-educators.
Additional resignations were accepted from Christopher Domingue and Eric Lunsford, middle school one-on-one para-educators; and Deborah Lee, high school one-on-one para-educator.
Directors also received a report on property valuation in the district. Valuation will rise by 3.6 percent to $491,139,262 for fiscal 2014.
Finally, the board set a special meeting for Monday, Jan. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the Central Office to receive proposals from superintendent search firms.
The next regular board meeting will be Monday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in the high school media center.