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Newbold resigns coaching position

LISBON — Adam Newbold, who has been questioned by the FBI about his “activities” at the U.S. Capitol protest-turned-riot, resigned as Lisbon’s high school wrestling coach.

Newbold’s resignation was accepted at Thursday’s school board meeting after he approached officials this week and told them it was best he step down as the volunteer coach, according to Superintendent Joseph Siefke.

Darrell Lawson was named the new wrestling coach by the board. Siefke said the wrestling team has yet to compete in a match this season because of the COVID-19 virus.

News that Newbold had been questioned by the FBI was first reported late Tuesday by ABC News. He has denied entering the Capitol and participating in the violence against police.

In other action, Siefke reported the district is scheduled to resume with in-school classes on Tuesday after all students spent the first two weeks of 2021 learning online from home.

Siefke decided in December to delay the return to in-school classes in an attempt to buy more time against the spread of COVID-19 should there be a spike in the number of positive cases coming out of the two-week Christmas break.

So far, that has not been the case, with only one Lisbon student testing positive between the start of the Christmas break and Thursday. “So that’s good for us,” Siefke said, adding they will continue to follow the safety protocols in place.

Parents have the option of sending their child to school or allowing them to learn online from home. Siefke said 75 percent of junior/senior high school parents are sending their children back to school on Tuesday. The figure for McKinley Elementary School parents is 85 percent.

Lisbon was able to maintain in-school classes for 17 of the first 18 weeks of the school year leading up to the Christmas break.

In other business, the board accepted the following donations:

— $100 from school resource officer Tab Bailey, representing his pay for providing security at an athletic event.

— Two training tables for the football stadium, from Rex and Sarah Underwood (she is Lisbon’s athletic trainer).

— $3,000 from the New Lisbon Presbyterian Church to the McKinley Principal’s Fund.

— $1,000 from the New Lisbon Presbyterian Church to the Making A Difference Everyday at David Anderson Junior/Senior High School.

— $1,000 from the New Lisbon Presbyterian Church to DAHS Principal’s Fund.

“It goes without saying we have outstanding community support … What can you say but thank you,” Siefke said.

The board accepted 11 federal grants totaling nearly $1 million. “We actively pursue grants to enhance student learning,” Siefke said.

In personnel matters, the board hired Kyle Davison at a custodian at McKinley Elementary and Tammy Walker as a long-term substitute teacher, and accepted the resignation of food service worker Heather Gallo.

Siefke announced January was School Board Recognition Month and he took a moment to recognize his board: Gary Peruchetti, 25 years; Gene Gallo, 23 years; Jim Smith, 21 years; Marty Grimm, 10 years; and TK Hiscox, seven years.

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