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April 30, 2013

Student upset that coaches no longer leading programs

My son came home from school last week upset.

He was voicing to me his opinion of the decision made by our school board not to keep Coach Hoese as our Sophomore Basketball coach or Student Council Sponsor. I am concerned about the direction our school is moving in. We have already lost a great teacher and coach, Dustin Coit, due to budget cuts.

These men are great role models for our children. Especially to our young men. We are all aware of the fatherless society we are raising children in these days and to have men in position of leadership who are trustworthy, encouraging and caring is one of the assets of our schools. As a parent we want the best education and atmosphere to raise our kids in.

We had recently been talking about moving to a bigger school that has more to offer our children academically and in their sports program. We want our kids to have as many opportunities offered to them as possible. I am sure I speak for a lot of parents when stating this. When we sat down as a family to discuss it, my children told us they wanted to stay here at Fulton High School so they could continue to play basketball with the team they have grown up with and Coach Hoese. They said he has made them a better team and better people. They want to play for him.

Jeff Hoese has given my kids great insight and direction on things on the court and off. He has given my oldest son direction on his career choice after high school and has helped him explore those options. Jeff has done so much more than is required of him as a teacher or a coach. His dedication to our students runs far deeper than a job requirement. He truly has a genuine concern for them and a desire to see them succeed in life. He demonstrates this in the way he interacts with our kids. We decided to stay here because sometimes all the bells and whistles don’t make up for the character and integrity you can learn from people.

I am asking as a concerned parent to please take into consideration the relationship between coaches, teachers and students before making decisions that are going to leave a long-term mark on our kids. We cannot afford to lose these awesome people and the incredible influence they have on our children.

Ronda Barber,

Albany, Ill.

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