Follow this hiring model

By From page A6 | July 23, 2013

Newly rehired Davis High School volleyball coach Julie Crawford said she appreciated the support of team members, their families and the Davis community. Her statement is revealing. It suggests that her supporters were actively engaged in the hiring process. This is disturbing.

Here are two good rules regarding high school interscholastic sports: 1) the coach decides who plays, and 2) the school principal decides who coaches. A wise school board will support the authority of the principal.

If board members are dissatisfied, they should work with the district superintendent to hire a different principal, one they can support. When hiring authority is delegated to an athletic director, the same relationships should apply.

Another good rule: Applicants for employment should not disclose evaluation documents from their personnel file. Such an attempt to gain public support is unprofessional, and, in my view, disqualifying.

Full disclosure: I am a long-retired high school principal with a professional interest in public school policy and management. I don’t know any of the individuals involved here.

Lyman Saltzen


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