Sandy Valley BOE accepts resignation of long-time coach John Groff

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MAGNOLIA -- At the regular meeting of the Sandy Valley Board of Education on Nov. 19, the board accepted the resignation of John Groff as head football coach.

Groff will retire from teaching at the end of the school year, after 38 years of teaching and coaching in the district. A resignation letter received from Groff was read at the meeting by superintendent David Janofa. Groff said, "I am writing this letter to resign as the head football coach for Sandy Valley. I appreciate the opportunity that you have given me over the past five years as the head coach and as an assistant coach at various levels over the past 36 years. I will continue through the year to help any graduating seniors interested in playing college football, to make contact with next level coaches."

Athletic director Mickey Keck thanked Groff for his service in the district.

Keck also thanked Cortney Goodwin, who resigned from her position as volleyball coach.

Goodwin resignation letter read as follows: "I would like to start off by thanking you for giving me this opportunity to coach in your school district for the last four years. I'm proud of our accomplishments of gaining two sectional titles and having two athletes continue their playing career in college during that time. However, I feel that the direction that the board of education and athletic department are going in does not go along with my coaching philosophy, so at this time I feel it is in my best interest to resign from the position of varsity volleyball coach in your district."

Board member Dennis Corsi added that he thanked Goodwin for serving as a coach in the district.

During the superintendent report, Janofa also thanked all the veterans who came to the school for the Veteran's Day program. He also recognized Emily Provance for her continued efforts to organize the event and others who participated.

Janofa said each building administrator, on Nov. 1, conducted a state of the schools address for parents and community. "I want to commend the staff for a thorough and informative presentation. We are discussing additional options to garner greater attendance at these functions," he added.

Janofa said he and the treasurer will conduct a business roundtable meeting on Dec. 6 at 6:30 in the alumni room.

In other business, the board:

• RECOGNIZED Ellie Crowe for having a hole-in-one at the sectional tournament and Ben Lehotay for qualifying for state in cross country and placing 15th;

• SAW a video the staff and students had created as part of the bullying awareness program;

• HEARD the superintendent and two others attended the capital conference;

• HEARD building principal reports from Brian Garrett, Matthew Whitted, Melissa Kiehl and Victor Johnson;

• HEARD an operations report from Doug Neading who said the dugout project is nearing completion;

• HEARD the athletic council met on Nov. 5 and the next meeting is March 13;

• ISSUED supplemental contracts to the following: Jason Neading Marlin Rasor, Tim Dudek, Lisa Linden, Lou Anne Gross, Kelly McDonald, Karen Nelms, elementary education supervisors; Dan Lawver, Carrie Faigley, Kristen Woods, Colleen Newell, Bruce Humphrey, Janelle Eyster, Julie Miller, Destination Imagination coach; Lynne Herstine, Destination Imagination Volunteer Manager; William Natale, middle school wrestling coach; and Mat Schaefer, volunteer wrestling coach;

• APPROVED the voluntary transfer of Deborah Mallot from Sandy Valley Elementary four-hour custodian to 4.5-hour aide at the high school;

• ISSUED one-year limited contracts to Michelle Parker, 4.5-hour aide, and Suzanne LeMay, four-hour custodian, both at the Sandy Valley Elementary;

• APPROVED open-enrollment for the remainder of the school year for the following students: Sommer Elston, Kylie Miller, Austynn and Rybecca Rennie;

• APPROVED several student fund raisers;

• WENT into an executive session to discuss employment of a public official.

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  • Dennis Corsi also added that I was confused at the statements by coach Goodwin as it was my opinion that a majority of the BOE backed her efforts. I was also unaware that she had problems with the Athletic Dept. & stated I would speak to Mr. Keck.