Board offers ‘olive branch’ to former wrestling coach
The Tecumseh School Board was in session for only 19 minutes to conduct its regular business at Monday night’s regular meeting. The trustees then retired to executive session to hear arguments regarding the decision not to renew Tecumseh High School varsity wrestling coach Tony Greathouse’s contract for the coaching position for the coming year.
Greathouse was put on a probationary agreement at the end of the 2011-2012 season by THS athletic director and assistant principal Casey Randolph, with the consent of Supt. Mike McAran and at the close of this season’s wrestling competition, Randolph declined to renew Greathouse’s contract as wresting coach.
In the closed session Monday night, which lasted more than an hour, Greathouse was allowed to present a rebuttal against the non-renewal of his contract as coach. When the board re-emerged after the closed session hearing, the trustees queued up behind the decision of the administrators to not offer the wrestling coach a contract renewal.
In a roll call vote in open session, all school board members supported the decision with a 7-0 vote.
Board President Ed Tritt announced that Greathouse has until the end of the week to submit his resignation. “We’re offering an olive branch,” Tritt said. “We are supporting the AD [athletic director] and the superintendent in this matter. The coach has the option, as we all do, to take the matter to a court of law if he chooses.”
Tritt said that the board had been in close consultation with the district’s legal staff. He said that the board and the administration are on firm legal footing in their action on the matter of the coach’s contract.
By tendering his resignation, Greathouse would not have a dismissal on his record. His position as a teacher at Tecumseh Middle School is not in jeopardy by any decision that he makes in regard to the coaching issue.
When Greathouse was asked what course of action he would take in the coming days, his response was, “We’ll see,” leaving his options open for legal action or resignation.
During the brief regular session, several audience members took the opportunity to comment on the issue of the wrestling coach. Audience comments have fluctuated during the controversy. Monday night, audience members, led by opening comments from George Ames, were in support of the board’s position to stand behind administrators in their decision regarding the coaching contract.
“When someone is put in the job, allow them to do their job,” said Ames. “I commend your performance.”