South Whidbey football coach may not return
June 25, 2008 · Updated 9:30 AM
South Whidbey High School football coach Mark Hodson has received notice that he may lose his job.
Hodson, the Cascade Conferences Coach of the Year in 2007, was told his teaching contract wont be renewed after the school year ends on June 18.
Due to declining enrollment, eight teachers from the primary, middle, intermediate and high schools were notified their contracts might not be renewed. The budget is to blame: The district expects a drop of 75 students next year from the current total of 1,807.
However, several teachers have announced they are retiring, resigning or leaving for other reasons and recall notices have been sent to five teachers.
Hodsons case is still not resolved; he is one of three not yet recalled.
Its unfortunate these things happen but they are a direct reflection of the enrollment decline, said Dan Poolman, school district business manager.
Mark has eight years seniority, but we have a lot of teachers with 15, 20 or 30 years ahead of him, Poolman said.
Last season Hodson led the Falcon team to an 8-2 record up from 0-11 two years before and its best record since 1992.
Falcon defensive coordinator Damian Greene said Hodsons situation is delicate.
Hes out of the building but not in the street, Greene said. Hes in the parking lot until there is movement to recall him.
I dont want to see him go after all the great effort hes made for the football program at the high school, Greene added.
Poolman did not reveal the names of any other teachers who received reduction in force notices nor could he provide a timeline about when the final determination will be made on staff reductions.
District Superintendent Fred McCarthy said its possible something could open up in the next week or so.
We are pleased and very proud of the work Mark has done; hes a great motivator and this is not a reflection of the high regard we have for him, McCarthy said.
South Whidbey athletic director John Patton said the districts hands are somewhat constrained by union contracts but noted that the staffing situation remains fluid.
Hodson did not respond to requests for comment Friday.