Proposed Athletic Coach for Bellows Falls Union High School | Local news


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WESTMINSTER – Bellows Falls Union High School Principal John Broadley is looking to add a full-time athletic trainer to the high school staff.

Broadley made the proposal Monday night first to the BFUHS budget committee and then later to the board. He said the athletic trainer could help athletes at the 316 student high school avoid injury and recover from injuries more easily.

He said the trainer would be paid the same amount as a first-grade teacher and that he hopes to hire a recent graduate from Keene State College near Keene, New Hampshire.

Broadley’s suggestion came as the BFUHS board of directors is just starting its budget work. He said two upcoming vacancies at the high school were not going to be filled: one of the school’s two foreign language teachers and one of the school’s guidance counselors.

While Broadley’s suggestion for a sports coach won praise from board chair Molly Banik and member Jason Terry of Rockingham, two other directors, Margo Ghia and Deborah Wright, both of Rockingham, raised concerns. questions about school priorities.

Ghia and Wright both said they were concerned they would not fill the other two largely academic positions, and Wright asked why other staff, such as coaches and teachers of physical education and health, are not could not fulfill the role of sports coach.

Ghia said she would support the addition of a sports coach, but she called it “curious” that the other two positions were not filled. She said she was concerned about the additional workload on other guidance counselors, and she noted that two years of studying a foreign language is an admission requirement at most colleges.

Terry, whose son is very active in high school sports, was the biggest booster to the coach’s suggestion. He said that a strength and conditioning trainer “could save us money” on medical bills. Banik joked that Cheshire Medical Center in Keene, New Hampshire, “might get rid of” some staff if the school had an athletic trainer.

She said she had supported such an addition to the staff for a number of years.

If children “do the right stretches” they might not injure themselves, she said.

Terry said that with 64 state championship banners in the high school gymnasium, it was clear “we’re good at athletics” and a coach to support that would be nice. “It’s not a lot of money, it’s worth it,” he said.

Broadley had praised the recent Championship football team a lot earlier in the meeting, saying “the charisma of these guys I can’t say enough about. It’s just amazing. He said their leadership extends to the school from the playground.

Assistant manager Sean Murphy said an athletic trainer could help prevent concussions or diagnose them more quickly.

If Bellows Falls Union High School agrees to add an athletic trainer to its staff, it will join Brattleboro Union High School, which has held that position for about a decade.

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