Parents upset that the Norwin school board retained head football coach Art Tragesser spoke at the Norwin school directors meeting on Monday night.
Kathleen Kyslinger, mother of a football player, said people from other districts say of the Norwin Band, “Oh, they march for No Win.”
The Norwin Knights won two football games and lost seven during the 2013 season.
She said players are getting injured because the district doesn’t have the equipment to prepare them for games. Ms. Kyslinger said she is embarrassed by the Norwin High School weight room, because it only has 14 weight machines.
She spoke of another area district that has three times that many machines.
“How are 75 varsity players supposed to get warmed up?” she said.
Several men also spoke against the district’s retention of Mr. Tragesser. One asked that the head coach’s position be reopened so that other coaches can apply for the position.
Other parents, and members of the girl’s soccer team also spoke at the meeting, upset that head girl’s soccer coach Jeff Palm was not retained.
Soccer player Marley Smith defended her coach.
“Coach Palm cared about every one of us,” she said. “He’s one of the best coaches I ever had. He always encouraged us to keep on and never give up.”
Paige Pristas and at least four other soccer players concurred.
“Coach Palm was a wonderful coach,” she said. “He cared about our grades, he cared where we were going to college, he cared about our SATs.”
If any girl was hurt, Coach Palm immediately sent her to the district’s athletic trainer, Ms. Pristas said.
Kevin Chitester, who served at boys’ head soccer coach with Mr. Palm as his assistant before Mr. Palm took the girls’ soccer coach job, described him as an outstanding student, outstanding student athlete and proud Norwin alumnus.
Several parents also spoke in defense of Mr. Palm, and one of his supporters asked that he be allowed to return as girls’ soccer coach next year.
The Norwin school board on Monday night also approved an agreement to establish an Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps unit for grades nine through 12 at the high school, starting with the 2014-15 school year.
Major Scott Kolar, who runs the Plum High School Junior ROTC unit, presented a two and a half minute video presentation created by his students at Plum about what Junior ROTC includes.
It can include classes grouped into three areas: aerospace science, leadership and fitness, he said. Activities included in the ROTC curriculum can include white water rafting, wall climbing and radio controlled airplane and rocket clubs, among other choices.
Norwin district administrators have been interested in signing up for the program because of the way the aerospace science classes would fit into the district’s planned science, technology, engineering and math curriculum.
Anne Cloonan, freelance writer: firstname.lastname@example.org