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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Board again shows how it really works

  • Just the way they quietly "fired" the previous girls' basketball coach, the Wayne Highlands School Board quietly hired a replacement on Tuesday night.
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  • Just the way they quietly "fired" the previous girls' basketball coach, the Wayne Highlands School Board quietly hired a replacement on Tuesday night.
    Trouble was, loose lips from within the board had already indicated where the hiring was headed. Chatter around the golf course and other places was the talk of the county the day before the board hired Pilar Beam on Tuesday night to replace Tracy Ludwig.
    Ludwig was the center of controversy more than a month ago when the board decided not to renew her contract. The didn't have the guts to simply fire this high-profile coach who had won two consecutive district championships. No formal motion was ever made. They simply had agreed, somehow, not to renew the contract. It was very private.
    And, as usual, they gave no reason other than a "different direction" for the program. What did that mean?
    We still don't know.
    At Tuesday's board meeting, a pre-arranged motion was read and seconded and without board president Tom Fasshauer even asking for discussion, the vote was 9-0 to hire Beam.
    It lasted all of 30 seconds.
    It is important for us to say we wish Beam all of the best in her new position as the head coach. It's not going to be easy.
    We hear the team members like her but we also have heard some phone calls were made questioning the decision — before she had been hired Tuesday night.
    This speaks volumes about the board members and the parents.
    With all of the hoopla surrounding the dismissal of Ludwig, you would think the board would have brought Beam to the meeting and introduced her to the public.
    It's an important job and given the past couple of months, it is more high profile than ever before.
    Yet once again the Wayne Highlands School Board proves they would rather operate under the radar than face the public with honesty and integrity.
    It's funny how some board members have no problem yapping their lips at a golf club or local restaurant but won't say a word about budgetary issues or ongoing negotiations.
    In fact, these elected members have proclaimed that Superintendent Greg Frigoletto is the sole mouthpiece for the district.
    That's fine, except for the fact some of them jibber jabber around town without the approval of the superintendent.
    Some of these members want their cake and eat it, too.
    But it's simply not working for them — or the public.
    We do wish Beam well in her new position and hope she has all of the success in the world. She's inheriting a great team with a lot of potential to go deeper into the state tournament. Hopefully, that will happen.

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