King hands in resignation, Spitler Jr. hired as TCN boys’ basketball coach.


LEWISBURG — The Tri-County North Board of Education accepted the resignation of varsity basketball coach Scott King while approving the hiring of Dale Spitler Jr. for the same position during a regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Sept. 21.

King’s resignation was effective on Monday, Aug. 17, according to a letter he submitted to TCN Athletic Director Travis Miller. The letter stated King resigned because of a “demanding career,” saying, “My commitment to the kids cannot be at the level it takes to run a varsity program.”

King thanked the administration for the opportunity while apologizing for “short notice” to “locate another qualified candidate.”

Spitler Jr., a 2006 graduate of Twin Valley South, will take over the program for the 2015-16 season.

In other business, Superintendent Bill Derringer reported the school attendance for the year was at 959, down 21 students from last year’s 980. Derringer reported school attendance has been declining by about 20 students per year the past several years.

Derringer also reported repairs done at the district’s stadium which were a request from the school’s insurance company. He told the board handrails down to the stadium from the parking lot were installed and max occupancy signs in athletic facilities were placed.

Other changes included the installation of a rules sign on the playground, the backs to the visitors’ bleacher steps and foot path.

Derringer also informed the board the school will not receive their report card from the state until January of 2016.

The school continues to work on improving the cafeteria according to Derringer, who said cafeteria workers observed Twin Valley South during a professional development day to learn ways to improve their own cafeteria.

Elementary principal Joe Finkbine reported the school has started the Lego League Robotics group, a program used to develop engineering skills of students.

High school principal Doug Dunham reported the high school band was awarded first place in their division at the Preble County Pork Festival parade.

He also informed the board the school has started an online learning program. The program is also helping college credit-plus students gain college credits online.

In other business:

•The board accepted a donation of $1,771 to the girls basketball program from the TCN Community Association.

•Travel requests for Treasurer Lynn Ferguson and Derringer to go to the OSBA Capital Conference were approved for the cost of mileage, meals, parking and lodging. Board members Vicki Woodyard, Terry Good and Gene Moyer will attend the same conference.

The Tri-County North Board of Education meets every third Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Meetings are open to the public.

By Austin Schmidt

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Reach Austin Schmidt at 937-683-4062 or on Twitter @aschmidt_RH.

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