(Posted Feb. 21, 2019)
By Michael Williamson, Staff Writer
Madison-Plains Local Schools has a new interim athletic director.
In a 3-1 vote on Feb. 19, the district school board approved the hiring of David Brandon Wright to the interim position. Wright, an assistant athletic director in Circleville, will officially begin his 68-day contract on March 1.
Board member Cory Coburn cast the single vote against the measure. (Board member Kelly Cooley was absent from the meeting.) Coburn cited a lack of conversation about the responsibilities of the position and of the future full-time director.
“I look at this position as a potential cost savings, and it challenges (the board) to get creative with the position,” Coburn said. “I have a hard time supporting the hiring of an interim director for, essentially, three months, without us having that conversation.”
Coburn added that the district has not had an athletic director for the last two months and he hoped to have research ahead of the Feb. 19 meeting on “creative” ways to better utilize the position beyond athletics.
Superintendent Chad Eisler said there was a “tremendous amount of work to be done,” including wrapping up the 2018 athletic year and securing schedules for the upcoming spring and fall.
“We agreed to hire this position and then do the research,” Eisler said. “Going without an athletic director, in my strong opinion, is not an option.”
Eisler agreed to regularly update the board on his research into how other districts structure their athletic director positions.
Also at the meeting, the district spotlighted several student achievements, including the efforts of district and county spelling bee participants and the Quick Recall team. Fourth-grade spellers Chevy Jewell and Brooklyn Fraley were named champion and runner-up, respectively. Sixth-grader spellers Addison Hawkins and Matthew Harris were named champion and runner-up, respectively.
Board members also recognized Sara Hoop as London Rotary Student of the Month for December and Sara Stonerock as Rotary Student of the Month for January. Both students are active members of various clubs and organizations, including National Honor Society.
The next regular school board meeting will be held at 7 p.m. March 19.