LISBON - Personnel matters dominated Monday evening's meeting of the Beaver Local Board of Education. The majority of the names mentioned were for contract renewals in a variety of positions, including substitute teachers, secretaries, paraprofessionals, custodians, bus drivers and food service workers. However, a pair of resignations were also accepted: Those of high school math teacher James Franceschelli and physical education teacher Richard Wright.
Wright coached football at Beaver Local High School for 14 years before stepping down in 2012, only to sign on as head coach for Wellsville High School's football program in January of this year. During this period, he retained his job as a physical education teacher with Beaver Local. Reached by phone following the meeting, Wright said he believes the move is a positive step for all parties involved, including BL students, his players at Wellsville and himself.
Wright said he enjoyed his work and has many great memories from his 22 years at Beaver Local, but didn't want there to be the feeling of a conflict. "I thought it would be too hard for me to go into Beaver Local every day [while] coaching Wellsville," he said.
His resignation from BL was effective July 31. Following the meeting, Beaver Local Superintendent Kent Polen said that Wright's resignation came as a surprise after so many years of teaching at BL.
Wright says he will not be taking up teaching duties at Wellsville, but will remain as football coach. "It was a tough decision to leave after 22 years." In his time off from teaching, he plans to pursue business interests. "I'm going to be out of education for a year," he said.
Both the physical ed and math teaching positions remain open, though Polen said interviews will continue through the week with hopes of having both filled by next week.
In other news:
* Polen invited the public to the formal groundbreaking ceremony for the new K-12 school which will be held at 6 p.m. this Wednesday at the former Beaver Local Baseball Complex on Bell School Road, where the school complex will be constructed.