After leaving this month's school board meeting, the idea of that motto superseding any personal or political vendetta was a real possibility.
Approximately 60 concerned citizens, parents and players from Biggersville High School were at the school board meeting in support of Coach Cliff Little. Girls coach Chris Parman stepped down after one year leaving a vacancy. Despite asking to be considered for the position on a number of occasions, Coach Little has been repeatedly denied.
At a meeting at the school earlier Monday morning, we were told that the recommended applicant must be able to teach math. While we wholeheartedly advocate academics, the problem is simple. Put the pettiness aside. Little's already in place and he wants the girls program, so hire a math teacher. It's a win-win situation for the players and school board who I'm certain is looking for ways to save money.
The players are sold on Coach Little and so am I. His passion and love for the game and players is unrivaled. A representative of the team addressed the board with her concerns and practically broke down in tears. Another player who is contemplating transferring to the Corinth School District left the room crying.
The outpouring of support for Coach Little and our concerns were about to go for naught until District Two Board Member James Voyles spoke up. He was genuinely concerned that such a large crowd was in attendance to voice their displeasure and noted this was a matter that needed the board's fullest attention.
We are also thankful to District Five Board Member Russ Wilbanks and Superintendent Gina Smith who spoke words of support to the players.
In spite of personal or political gain, we sincerely hope the concerns of the parents, players and an entire community will overshadow those of a few.