Mother of player unhappy with conduct of head coach

Last updated: October 09. 2013 11:40PM - 2987 Views
SUSAN DENNEY Times Leader correspondent

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KINGSTON — The Wyoming Valley West School Board tabled a vote Wednesday night on the appointment of baseball coaches after a parent accused present head coach John Milius of mistreating her son and others on the team.

“These boys are cursed at. These boys are screamed at,” said Rebecca Zavada.

She said she spoke up because her son could be eligible for athletic scholarships.

“I don’t want to stand by and let someone interfere with my son’s future,” she said.

Zavada asked that the board not reappoint Milius without looking into the situation.

Board members Thomas Pieczynski and John Gill both agreed the appointment should be tabled pending an investigation.

Gill asked that Athletic Director Sandy McKay give the board a report after meeting with Zavada.

In an unrelated matter, resident Michael Harper returned to speak to the board after turning in a petition last month to have the middle school librarian position restored.

Harper asked if the decision to remove the librarian from the middle school had been made by the administration or the board.

Superintendent Charles Suppon said both parties worked together to make the choice.

Harper asked if any changes were going to be made.

Board President Gordon Dussinger reminded Harper that a grievance had been filed by the librarian, who was reassigned to another school.

“We will obey the arbitration,” Dussigner said.

Lauren Austrah, of Larksville, speaking about the lack of a middle school librarian, said she would make sure her child learned the skills necessary to compete but she doubted that all children in the district would have the same advantages.

“They may not have a parent who will take them to the library,” she said.

Suppon replied that the library is still open and is being used.

In other matters, the board:

· Hired Amy Uter as emotional support teacher at the middle school.

· Approved the establishment of the Spartan Foundation/Burgundy and Gold Club, which will serve as 501 C-3 charitable organization for the district.

The next work session and regular meeting will be at 7 p.m. Nov. 13.

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