The Tyler County Board of Education approved the employment of Ryan Walton as the Head Varsity Football Coach for Tyler Consolidated High School during the March 18 meeting.
Superintendent Robin Daquilante released the following statement regarding the employment of Walton.
"Mr. Walton served as a member of the coaching staff previously. He was born and raised in Tyler County and he has a vested interest in the success of athletics at Tyler Consolidated. Coach Walton has already met today with those athletes interested in the 2013-14 football program and I know he is anxious to begin. Coach Walton knows all the students because he already works in the building-this is a big plus in my opinion. Ryan has demonstrated a strong work ethic in his position of Assistant Principal and Athletic Director and I'm comfortable that we will get nothing less in his new position," said Daquilante.
Walton said that he is excited to begin the season, get the kids back into the game and gain community support.
"I just want to bring a sense of pride to the football team. I want the players proud to be a TCHS Football Player. I'm excited. I've talked to coaches and I have had a lot of family support. Hopefully, we can gain support from the community. My main goal is to have success. I want to convince the kids that if you work hard, you get good results. I want that instilled into the the team," said Walton.
Walton also commented that players have been training during the winter. He credits Assistant Coach Robby Jones, Assistant Coach Steven Blake, and Athletic Trainer Gary Hagerty for training players and keeping them motivated for the upcoming season.
Other employments approved during the meeting for the 2013/2014 school year include Jeff Davis as Treasurer; Susan Boyles as Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction; Duane Dober as Director of Personnel, Federal Programs and Student Services; Amanda Kimble as Director of Child Nutrition, Support Services and Safety; Troy Smith as Director of Transportation and Maintenance; and Melinda Walton as Director of Special Education, Attendance, Social Services and Preschool Coordinator.
Roger Smith was approved as Head Volleyball Coach for TCMS while Jacob Meyer was approved as a Countywide Substitute and TCHS Chemistry and Physics teacher.
Additionally, the board approved to reissue probationary and personnel contracts for the 2013/2014 school year. Professional contracts include: Cynthia DiLuca, Ashley Moore, David Smith, Sarah Haught, Casey Renner, Benjamin Thomas, Jerrod Zwick, Mandy Ware R.N., David Tucker, Abby Robinson, Tanya Cross and Tab Mathis while personnel include: Steve Hamilton, James P. Slider, DiAnna Stewart, Julie Williamson, Kenneth Thomas, Aundie McMullen and Martin Parrish.
The board reissued new continuing contracts for service personnel employees to: Steve Hamilton, James Newbrough and Herb Efaw as well as continuing contracts for professional employees including Laci Strode, Janet Cline, Jami Nelson, Megan Campbell and Gina Crawford.
In other business, the board approved requests and the minutes of the March 4 meeting.
The March 18 meeting stands unadjourned and will continue on April 16.
The next regular meeting of the Tyler County Board of Education will be on April 8 at the Tyler County Board of Education Office located inside the Tyler Consolidated High School at 7:30 p.m.