New athletic director named for PHS

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 7/1/97.

With the start of the 1997-98 school year the community education director and activities director will be the same person.

At the Paynesville Area School Board meeting Tuesday night, the board approved restructuring the two positions into one. Community Education Director Steve Brisendine was approved as the combined director of the two departments.

ďI feel Brisendine is the key person to make the new position work,Ē Pat Flanders, board member, said. ďI think it will be a demanding job. I donít want him to be spread too thin. I feel this should be an experimental position so if things donít work out it can be changed.Ē

Superintendent Howard Caldwell informed the board the program would be continuously evaluated. ďWe want it to work and we donít want a lot of frustrated people as a result of the merger of the two positions. We will adjust the program as needed,Ē he added.

As part of the new position, a community education coordinator will be hired to work with Brisendine. In addition, the community education secretary will also assume more duties. The coordinatorís contract would be for 10 months while Brisendineís is for 12 months. The coordinator would work 80 percent with community education and 20 percent of his time with the activities department.

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