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Grant County Board tackles whether or not administrators can be coaches

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By Paul Gable

Whether or not an administrator can serve as an coach is a question the Grant County Board of Education wrestled with during a public work session on April 22.

Because it was only a work session, the board could take no action. However, the board is expected to vote on the measure in the future.

The question originated from a question that was posed to superintendent Michael Hibbett, asking what his philosophy was on the issue.

"We started this policy this year with the assistant principal at Grant County High School coaching softball," Hibbett said referring to Marlin Gregg behing hired as coach of the Lady Braves' softball team.

Hibbett told the board he said at the time there would be an evaluation period where he would determine progress.

"They are a good team, but I have concerns. I told the coach if anything came up, I wouldn't be in favor of renewing the policy," Hibbett said.

Concerns that have arisen include Gregg missing meetings, according to Hibbett.

"I am not sure what meeting he is referring to. I will have to investigate," Gregg said.

Hibbett said the demands placed on high school principals or assistant principals could "become more difficult."

"I'd have to say I am not in favor of coaches being administrators," Hibbett said.

Gregg said he decided to coach the team to "help the kids out."

"I never got an indication it would be an issue in the beginning, but I am willing to work with whatever the superintendent concludes," Gregg said.

Gregg is not the only coach affected if the policy changes as Grant County High School boys' basketball coach Ron Kinmon is also an administrator, serving as principal of Eagle Creek Learning Center.

In July of last year, Kinmon's status at Eagle Creek was changed as he was named principal. At the meeting, it was decided that Kinmon could serve in both capacities as administrator and coach.

Despite the status change, Kinmon is contracted to work 205 days compared to Gregg's 225.

Kinmon told the board the new policy affect him "a great deal."

"It benefited the school district for me to be classified as an administrator. I sat down and talked with Mr. Hibbett in July and at the time, my intention was not to give up coaching. I hope you factor that into the equation. I have served this district for 12 years and I may have to take a pay cut on something I was told was acceptable nine months ago. That is a tough pill to swallow," Kinmon said.

Board member Jackie Young told Kinmon that it was her belief that him staying at Eagle Creek as an administrator would not be a problem.

"I haven't done anything I haven't done for nine years," Kinmon said, referring to his time as basketball coach and administrator at Eagle Creek.

Other districts allows coaches to serve as administrators. Kenton County's Simon Kenton High School boys' basketball coach Trent Steiner is the school's assistant principal.

"It can be done," Kinmon said.