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Athletic director problems continue

| Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007

Mt. Pleasant Area School District could be without an athletic director again if members approve the resignation of Dennis Miscik next week.

Controversy over the position, left open when Ron Firment announced his retirement, began a couple of months ago when directors voted to hire Daniel Szolek, of Ohio, then at another meeting voted to accept his resignation and hire Miscik.

At that time, administrators and directors said they could not answer any questions about the incident since it was a personnel matter; they simply said Szolek resigned.

However, during the public comment session, Jennifer Szolek said her brother was forced to resign. When her mother, Darlene Szolek, tried to expound on the issue, Board President Tom Miscik said it was not something that could be discussed in a public forum.

When the request to hire Dennis Miscik for the position came up for a vote last month, only Director Paul Salopek voted no.

Miscik's brother, Tom, abstained.

At the work session last night, Tom Miscik said the board would be asked at its regular meeting next week to approve the resignation of Dennis Miscik as athletic director. No reason was given for the resignation.

During public comment Tuesday, resident and past board member Bob Covert said he was upset about how Superintendent Frank Watson handled the situation.

"You people better straighten up," he said. "I apologize for being on the board when we hired you (Watson)," Covert said.

In other business, resident Mary Hontz asked for the resignation of board member Denver Hudec after he admitted he lied to her; he told her the board voted to not allow junior varsity teams to play on the stadium field. No such vote was taken.

"If you want to ask me a stupid question, I'll give you a stupid answer," Hudec said.

Director Robert Gumbita clarified that the board never restricted any play on the field other than not allowing the field to be used until the start of team seasons.

Director Denise M. Kalp submitted a letter of resignation, effective upon acceptance of the board at next week's regular meeting.

Kalp was voted onto the school board in 2006. Her term was set to end in December. She cited time constraints as the reason for her early departure.

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