Two may be hired to cover Gotcher's coach/science spot
Green Forest principal Rick Waters was contacted Wednesday about Lady Tiger coach Mike Gotcher's resigning to take the girls job in Scranton.
Waters said, "Mike is a good guy. He really cares about the kids. He did a good job and I really didn't want to see him go. Scranton will be good for him, but a change will be good for our kids, too.
"Mike really struggled with resigning. He loves the kids, but I'm proud for him and his new job."
Waters also commented on Jim Goins, who was slated to work with Gotcher in the girls program, saying, "Jim will do good here."
Athletics director Bill Gotto was contacted and said, "We wish Coach Gotcher good luck in his new job, and I want to thank him for his cooperation in working with me and what he tried to do."
Gotcher taught science, along with his coaching duties, leaving a faculty position to be filled. Green Forest Superintendent Dr. Larry Bennett was asked Wednesday about a possible replacement.
"I will recommend to the board that we split that position and hire separate science and coach positions," Bennett said. "We need a second coach for the girls' basketball program and spring sports, and I need more science teaching."
Covering all the teaching bases under the new block schedule of 90 minute periods has been hard, but even harder when it comes to facilities.
With all junior high athletics scheduled for the final block period, along with physical education requirements set down by the state, as many as 250 students might be scheduled for the two gyms during that one time slot.