|Board approves non-reemployment of Hugo softball coach Montague|
|Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00|
HUGO ––Members of the Hugo board of education met during a special meeting to hold a due process hearing Wednesday evening to hear testimony from Superintendent Karen Lyles and softball coach Teresa Montague, with each of their legal counsel, regarding Lyles’ recommendation for non-reemployment of Montague.
According to Lyles and the school district’s legal counsel, John Moyer, eliminating the two-hour softball coaching position would be in the best interest of the school and children. “A full-time person in this position instead of part-time would give the children an opportunity to interact with the coach on an academic basis, and allow for stronger relationships,” Lyles said.
Montague retired as a career teacher in October, 2011, which limits her ability to teach to fewer hours a day. She was currently employed for two hours a day of coaching, with a $15,000 salary.
According to Montague’s legal counsel, Maria Blakely, she is perfectly qualified for several of the full-time positions currently being advertised by the school district, and has been coaching softball since 1992.
This reduction-in-force, according to Lyles, is due to a change in the educational program or curriculum and other reasons the board finds necessary.