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No coach, band director at West Limestone

By Holly Hollman
hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ATHENS — West Limestone High School is ending the school year without a head football coach or a band director.

The Limestone County Board of Education has reopened the search for a coach after one of the top three candidates dropped out and another, an assistant coach from powerhouse Hoover High, declined the job offer. The remaining candidate is an assistant at West Limestone.

The board has not named the candidates.

A screening committee of West Limestone community members looked at more than 20 applicants and whittled that to six candidates. An interview committee, also comprising community members, submitted three candidates to Superintendent Barry Carroll for consideration.

Carroll said he knows the community is frustrated and the players want to know who their coach will be, but he wants the best coach the system can get.

A committee member told Carroll after the meeting the community is upset, and if the board won't hire the West Limestone assistant, then why go through the "sham" of having a community committee involved.

Carroll said he implemented the committees to offer input only, and that he makes the final recommendation to the board.

On Thursday, the board also non-renewed band director Matt Dobbs, who has received both criticism and praise for deciding to cut majorettes this fall. The board did not give a reason for the non-renewal and isn't required to because Dobbs did not have tenure.

Two mothers alleged that Dobbs called the majorettes unladylike and their uniforms inappropriate. Band booster President Tom McClung said band officers supported Dobbs' decision to cut the majorettes, and the story about Dobbs' comments has changed as it has passed from person to person.

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