By Scott Levine Herald Associate Editor
The Clinton Herald
---- — FULTON, Ill. — It took 4 1/2 hours in closed session, but Jeff Hoese eventually earned reinstatement to two positions within the River Bend School District.
River Bend School Board members deliberated from 6:30 to 11 p.m. Monday regarding personnel actions, including Hoese’s positions as sophomore boy’s basketball coach and student council sponsor. Hoese, a business education teacher at Fulton High School, spent 1 1/2 hours in closed session with board members, before being called back into the closed session for another 30 minutes.
The deliberations, according River Bend School Board President Dan Portz, were on a variety of topics, including personnel and policy decisions.
“We didn’t try to wait out anyone,” Portz said.
When the meeting returned to open session, Portz informed the multiple supporters for Hoese that he had been reinstated to his positions. Board member Mike Ottens was the lone “no” vote.
No other actions were taken.
Supporter Matt Sanderson presented a petition before the board moved into closed session. Sanderson collected 100 signatures through an Internet petition.
“I started five days ago, and didn’t have personal contact with anyone to get the signatures,” Sanderson said. “I’m quite positive that shows his coaching gift and involvement.”
Recent board actions left the Fulton High School basketball team without a coach for freshman, sophomore or varsity teams. The board did not renew the contracts for coaches Rick Norman, Hoese and Dustin Coit.
Coit was among three teachers recently dismissed for budget cut reasons.