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The Dallas School Board voted early Wednesday morning to keep the position of head football coach open. The vote came two days after a lengthy hearing for former coach Ted Jackson Sr.
The board considered two resolutions. One was to rescind the motion made on Dec. 12, 2011, which opened the head football coaching position to the public. The other was to affirm that original motion.
The board voted 3-5 against the first resolution with board members Richard Coslett, Bruce Goeringer and Fred Parry voting for reinstating Jackson and Catherine Wega, Maureen Matiska, Larry Schuler, Karen Kyle and Charles Preece voting against the resolution.
The board voted 6-2 for the second resolution to keep the position open with Wega, Coslett, Matiska, Schuler, Kyle and Preece voting for the action and Parry and Goeringer voting against it.
The votes does not mean that Jackson is out completely. He reportedly is one of four candidates being considered for the position.
Board member Colleen Slocum was unable to vote on Wednesday because she did not attend the hearing for Jackson on Monday.
‚??Normally, board members do vote if they‚??re not here for something but because of the nature of this and the significance of it, Mrs. Slocum will not be voting because she was out of state on a previously-planned activity,‚?Ě said board president Wega.
Coslett said he voted for reinstating Jackson because he felt his ‚??side was well-stated‚?Ě at the hearing on Monday, but then voted in favor of keeping the position open because the first resolution had failed.
‚??There was no consensus to rescind the motion, so now we have to find a new football coach,‚?Ě said Coslett about how he voted.
Nick Zapoticky, president of the Dallas Football Gridiron Club, said he‚??s ‚??very disappointed‚?Ě with the board‚??s decision.
‚??I hope (Jackson) continues in what he loves to do, whether it‚??s at Dallas or anywhere else. He loves to coach football and he‚??s a great football coach and he, hopefully, gets another appointment,‚?Ě said Zapoticky. ‚??I think it‚??s a deathblow to the football program because they removed the coaches from seventh grade on up ‚?Ľ It‚??s going to take years for that continuity to develop.‚?Ě
Zapoticky‚??s son, 17-year-old Ryan, was also in attendance at the meeting and said he‚??s unsure of what the football program will be like next year.
‚??It‚??s been hectic; a lot of players are not happy with what happened‚?Ľ,‚?Ě said Ryan Zapoticky. ‚??A lot of people are talking about not even playing because of Coach Jackson. It‚??s just going to be bad.‚?Ě
The board decided to open Jackson‚??s position to the public on Dec. 12, 2011 with an 8-1 vote, with all but Goeringer in favor of the action.
Jackson has held the position of head football coach at Dallas for 27 years with just one losing season, but those years were not free of scandal.
The football program has been on probation for the past four years by the District 2 Athletic Committee, a local branch of the PIAA.
The first two years were for a fight during a game in 2008, and the last two were tacked on after an incident in which Dallas players urinated on the tennis courts at halftime during a game against Tunkhannock in 2009.
Zapoticky said he felt the board‚??s vote on Wednesday was an ‚??indirect‚?Ě way of keeping Jackson out of the position.
Superintendent Frank Galicki said the board is set to appoint a new head football coach at its next meeting on Feb. 6, but ‚??there‚??s a possibility‚?Ě a coach could be hired before then, upon which the board would vote as an interim action.
Neither Jackson nor his lawyer, Atty. Kimberly Borland, could be reached for comment before press time.
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