Milford to consider full-time athletic directors, more coaches
The Board of Education went over many high school athletic topics Monday night before the start of budget season.
Jonathan Law High School Principal Francis Thompson requested an additional coach for the cross country team due to safety reasons.
"That is what I take into consideration more than anything else," he said. "I want the kids to be safe.”
The nature of the sport can put athletes three miles apart, which makes it physically impossible for a coach to monitor the entire team at once, said Anthony Vitelli, Foran High School athletic director at the board meeting.
This isn't the first time the issue has appeared before the board.
"Clearly we've had some public comments and communications about not having enough coaches," said Chairwoman Tracy Casey (D-2).
The board may also consider hiring a full-time athletic director for each high school. Currently, each school has a .6 full-time equivalent athletic director. Each director is also a .4 FTE teacher, according to Director of Human Resources Wendy Kopazna.
Casey said that the board would have to compare the idea to other similar schools and that she didn't have an opinion at the time of the meeting.