NEWPORT — Summer basketball and soccer programs for boys and girls will be held at Nokomis Regional High School this year, despite a delayed decision by the school board. However, only two of the three coaches who requested the programs were appointed.
Jim diFrederico will direct the summer basketball clinic for boys, and Bill Freudenberger will head the soccer program for boys and girls. Charles Wing was not appointed to direct the girls basketball program after an executive session by the directors Tuesday night.
At the last directors’ meeting May 3, the three coaches made their respective proposals. A lengthy executive session apparently focussing on objections to Wing’s appointment delayed the board’s decision. Before going into the May 3 executive session, a student requested permission to address the board on the coach’s appointment for the summer program. Outside the session, a parent said Wing’s coaching was the subject of some controversy during the season and parents were not satisfied with its resolution.
There was no coaching appointment for the summer girls’ basketball program, according to Board Chairman Robin Duplisea.
In addition, the board did not approve funding for transportation for the programs. Coaches were asked to try fundraising, donations or fees to cover the costs of transportation for competition.
Other issues on the board’s May 17 agenda including approval of an Innovative Technology Grant application were not addressed. The grant application reportedly could provide up to $75,000 to fund increased technology in the kindergarten through grade eight program.