Northwest school board hears from basketball player who wants coach back

By Tom Huntington - For Times Leader

UNION TWP. — Northwest basketball players let the school board know this week that they support their coach and want him back.

Tyler Stevens, a junior and a varsity basketball player, read a letter from the players at a board meeting, praising coach Dustin Babcock as a “hard worker and a person who leads by example.”

Since the board is conducting an annual review of coaches, Stevens said the players are asking for Babcock to be retained. He also noted that with 11 wins in 2017-18, Northwest’s boys basketball program is on the rebound. The Rangers made their first state tournament appearance since 2004 this season.

It was stated that Stevens’ comments will be taken into consideration when a decision on coaching assignments is made. Action to post and accept applications for both boys and girls basketball coach was part of the meeting’s agenda.

In other business:

• The board acted to renew the contract of Superintendent James McGovern.

• The board approved a 5-cent increase in cafeteria costs for breakfast and lunch.

• Members were unanimous in appointing Robert Hassel Jr., a retired civil engineer, as construction liaison for the stadium project. Hassel is to serve 35 hours per week at $25 per hour. As part of the project, the stadium will be getting field turf and a new track.

• The board acted to approve the retirement of Anna Koehn as a paraprofessional and senior class adviser.

• The board approved the recall of Crystal Richardson as a reading teacher, effective at the start of the 2018-19 term.

• Members approved an expenditure of $18,850 for stadium construction services.

• Reconfiguration of grades 3 to 6 for 2018-19 at the intermediate school was OK’d.

By Tom Huntington

For Times Leader