School Board Names Interim Baseball Coach at Clarkrange, Begins Search For Attorney

In light of recent developments, the Fentress County Board of Education has temporarily filled a vacancy in the position of Clarkrange High School head baseball coach, and is now looking to fill the position of School Board Attorney.

On Tuesday, March 22, Director of Schools Mike Jones announced that the Board of Education and Clarkrange High School administration had taken steps to name an interim baseball coach at the school, and had named present assistant coach Dewell (Bo) Threet to that position.

Mr. Threet has been involved with the Clarkrange High School baseball program for a number of years in the capacity of assistant coach.

Director Jones said that in the interim, CHS Principal Marty Walker will be present at all the games in the capacity of a faculty representative.

Director Jones also said that he and school administration had met with the team and parents last week and assured them that the program will continue, stating:  “We have a very good bunch of boys, which I think have been District Champions 3 years now, and we’re expecting great things from them again this year.

“When Mr. (Roger) Webb took over the program a few years ago, I think there was an outhouse on what is now our baseball field.  He has worked very hard to make our program one of the best in the area, and we wish him the best in the future, but we have had to move on.  I look forward to the boys having another great season.  They’re a great bunch of kids.”

Another issue the board is facing will be the replacement of their attorney, Phillips Smalling of Byrdstown, who has retired.

Director of Schools Jones said last week that he had just been notified of Mr. Smallings’s retirement, stating:  “In the years I’ve been Director, I don’t think we’ve had any litigation to speak of.  This is a great credit to the board and the administrators in the school system for following the letter of the law.  We’ve had to dismiss people, but we did it the right way.  We’ve been able to spend our money on educating our children and not in litigation.  I have been notified that Mr. Smalling’s office that he was retiring.  I have not received a letter to that effect yet, but have been informed that one will be coming.”

Read teh rest of the story in this weeks Fentress Courier.