Sheridan County School District 1 board of trustees approved multiple certified and extra duty positions during a meeting Friday morning in Ranchester, including head football coaches for Big Horn and Tongue River high schools.
Michael McGuire will coach the Big Horn Rams next year. He is currently a teacher at First Light Children's Center and was an assistant football coach at SHS last year. McGuire will also teach physical education at Big Horn Elementary, replacing Nancy Wilson.
John Scott will coach the Tongue River Eagles. He has coached at Black Hills State University and Campbell County High School. Scott will teach physical education in both the middle school and high school at Tongue River.
In addition to filling coaching positions, District 1 is in the process of restructuring the position of athletic director, and approved a new AD for both schools. Scott will serve as Athletic Director for Tongue River High School and Mike Daley will be Big Horn High School's AD. Superintendent Marty Kobza says that, in the past, ADs were a “scheduler” with secretarial-type duties. He explains what they wanted to add to the position.
The Athletic Director will now be responsible for coach evaluations, unless the Athletic Director is the coach (like Scott at TR), and then the principal will be charged with the task. The principal and athletic director will both have to sign off on a coach's written evaluation. Kobza said increasing supervisory power was done to provide reassurance to parents.
AD positions will be evaluated annually. Kobza told the board that the remaining coaching positions including BH volleyball and track coaches will be named by May. Matt Spring was named Tongue River Middle School Principal, and the board approved an early retirement request from Tongue River elementary and middle school counselor, Holly Marlenee. All new positions go into effect this fall.
Finally, the board discussed adding extra curricular activities to the District including soccer, wrestling and speech/debate and forensics. Look for more on that story Monday.