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Oberdorf firing incomprehensible

| Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

The Leechburg Area School Board released softball coach Jim Oberdorf on Aug. 19 with no input from the community or students.

When the Heritage League move became a hot issue, other parents and I asked that the board post an agenda prior to meetings to allow the community to be involved before decisions were made. That's never happened.

Parents and students should have the right to be heard regarding a coaching position. Mr. Oberdorf seemed to be unaware that he was being removed, yet the replacement was already chosen.

Why change something that has been working for 28 years? Oberdorf is the second most winning coach in WPIAL softball history but gets replaced for losing the past two years in the first round of playoffs?

This man has been praised on social media today by former players and community members for the direction he gave his players on and off the field. He's a legend. He not only crafted great ballplayers, he also helped to craft great young people to become adults.

I wish Debbie Young the best of luck and believe she will be a good coach. But as a community member, I would like to know the real reason Oberdorf was removed.

Is this what we have to look forward to from Superintendent Ian Magness and the board we elected?

Bravo for giving one of the best tools our girls had for learning on and off the field to one of our opponents.

Etta Berry

Leechburg

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