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Herto Rehired for Second Time
Apr. 23, 2010
Herto hired to coach IV girls for second time
Board approves new hire by unanimous vote at Thursdays meeting
By JOE CANNON Special to The Sentinel
POSTED: April 23, 2010
LEWISTOWN In front of a packed board room consisting of current and former players, family members and concerned residents, the Mifflin County School District Board of Directors unanimously voted Thursday to hire Roger Herto to return to the sidelines and coach the girls basketball team at Indian Valley High School.
After conducting an 18-minute executive session immediately after calling the meeting to order, two students read letters of support from former members of the girls basketball program, and two concerned parents of former players also expressed their desire to see the board reinstate Herto to the position, which became vacant after former coach Steven DeArment resigned at the conclusion of the 2009-10 basketball season.
Following the public comment period, Superintendent David Runk made the recommendation to bring Herto back, stating, "I support this action because I coached basketball and I played basketball in high school and college, and I believe he knows how to coach. I believe it would be for the betterment of the program."
After Runk's remarks, the board - in a roll call vote - elected to hire Herto by a unanimous 9-0 count, eliciting thunderous applause from the crowd of about 60 Herto supporters.
According to information presented at a workshop meeting on April 15, Herto, who had coached the IV girls for 24 years, was not rehired two years ago. During that meeting, when several area residents asked for specifics on the board's past decision not to rehire Herto for the coaching position, board president Walter Harpster said, "We are really not allowed to discuss employment issues in public. Certain infractions were made and the board made a hard decision."
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