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Revere BOE accepts football coach’s resignation

11/29/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Also commends custodian for quick action

BATH — Revere High School football coach Phil Heyn’s resignation was approved by the Revere Local Schools Board of Education at the Nov. 20 meeting.

“This is never a fun recommendation to make,” Superintendent Randy Boroff said when introducing the item to the board. “Phil submitted his letter of resignation and said he thought the program would benefit from a change in the head coaching position.”

Heyn was not present at the meeting. The football team had a 1-9 record this year and a 0-10 record last season.

Boroff thanked Heyn for his “enthusiasm and dedication.”

“He is an outstanding teacher, and he wants to stay part of the program and the high school,” Boroff added.

Heyn, a Revere graduate, served as coach for three years following a six-year stint as the school’s baseball coach. He is a social studies teacher at the high school.

Board member George Seifert also expressed thanks to Heyn and complimented his work with the youth football program in the district.

The board also accepted the resignation of the high school’s swim coach, Steve Marshall, and approved Jennifer Exten Kennedy as his replacement. In addition, Jeff Fry and Deanne Pastva were approved as assistant swim coaches.

Boroff also took time during the meeting to commend custodian Steve Kover, whose actions are credited with saving the district’s administration building from major damage after a fire started the night Superstorm Sandy struck the area.

Kover works the midnight shift in the district and was not in attendance at the meeting, but Boroff said he saw the electrical fire around 2 a.m. and was able to put it out with a fire extinguisher. He also called the Bath Fire Department.

“The Bath Fire Department said it was 15 minutes before that building could have gone up like a tinderbox,” Boroff said.

In other business, the board approved a contract for wetlands delineation with Strategic Environmental & Ecological Services Inc. for the 40 acres of property across from the administrative offices on Everett Road.

“This is a necessary investment we need to make in the property,” said Treasurer David Forrest. “Once we have the findings, we can analyze them for the best use of the property.”

The evaluation of the property was expected to take place before winter weather hits, he added.

The board also approved an agreement for replacement of the scoreboard in the high school gymnasium through a collaboration with the Revere All Sports Boosters, the girls and boys basketball programs and the sponsors of the Jared Ellsworth Basketball Tournament.

The project will see the installation of two new scoreboards, one on each side of the gym, with the boards costing $21,013 and installation another $2,100. The old scoreboard will be put in the wrestling room, Forrest said.

During board members’ reports, Diana Sabitsch said the Facilities and Grounds Committee is in the process of forming its advisory committee of citizens, with a meeting planned Dec. 4.

The board also approved payment in lieu of transportation for students who attend schools outside the district.

Donations also were accepted with appreciation. They include: $400 for the James Bennett Washington, D.C., Scholarship Fund from Thomas and Janeen Orcutt and $50 each from Jennifer Vari, Joanne Scudder and Scott and Linda Chaloupka; $500 from the Revere All Sports Booster Club for electrical work in the Spirit Shack; $10,000 for technology enhancements from the Revere Educational Enhancement Foundation; $4,000 for landscaping in the field house area from the Revere All Sports Booster Club; $2,439 in various items for Bath Elementary School from the school’s PTA; and $150 in clothing donated to Hillcrest Elementary School by Michelle Lutman.

The board and administration also recognized Revere seniors Erika Dicresce, Trevor Lanford, Seth Niemi, Seth Post, Jessica Revesz, Adam Seay, Evelyn Troutman, Donald Venus, Michelle Zhou and Jordan Brinkman as Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program.

The board will meet for a work session Dec. 11 at 6 p.m. and its regular meeting Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m. Both will take place in the Revere High School Library, 3420 Everett Road.

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