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WLS names McGill new football coach; four longtime educators set to retire (Audio included)

The monthly meeting of the West Liberty-Salem Board of Education Tuesday night was used to address several personnel issues.

On top of the list was the naming of Dan McGill (pictured) as the new football coach replacing Toby Smith. Smith left to become the head coach at Bellefontaine.

McGill, a history teacher at the high school, has nine years of coaching experience, all but one at West Liberty-Salem. McGill is excited about the opportunity to continue the recent success the team has enjoyed.

The offense and defense will look similar. However, McGill noted that it is important that his staff recognizes changes in his personnel and adjusts his schemes accordingly.

Dan McGill discusses his expectations.

Rebecca Macy was hired as the new volleyball coach. She presently coaches middle school volleyball at Springfield Shawnee. She is not a teacher but is active coaching AAU volleyball.

AD Jacob Vitt talks about the coaching situation.

Superintendent Kraig Hissong announced the retirement of four staff members. Third-grade teacher Miriam Lapp, Title I instructor Penny Hawke, Dean of Students Mike Freese, and high school special education teacher Frank Vitt will complete their tenure at WLS at the end of the school year. The number of staff retiring at the end of year stands at 9.

Hissong discussed the board’s plans to tackle the economic dilemma facing the district. A renewal levy will be on the ballot in May. Hissong indicated that the board will revise and update the levy that failed in November and have it on the ballot in August.

Kraig Hissong discusses retired teachers and levies.

Tim Wolfe will again coach boys soccer, Darrin Leichty golf, Ann Vogel girls cross country and Mike Louden boys cross country in the fall of 2013.

Elementary principal Aaron Hollar announced that 92 potential kindergarten students have gone through screening. 24 of those are hoping to open enroll.

The next regular meeting of the WLS board will be Tuesday, April 16th at 7:00 p.m.

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