|Turner's contract status still unresolved after board meeting|
|Bobby "Butch" Burney | News-Telegram Sports Editor|
April 16, 2005 - The contract status of SSHS head football coach Brad Turner continued to be unresolved Friday following an executive session meeting of the Sulphur Springs ISD Board of Trustees on Friday.
The trustees asked Turner to attend the closed meeting, but took no action in open session afterward.
Turner is currently working under a one-year contract which will expire at the end of the 2005-06 school year after trustees tabled action on his contract in February.
The public, though, has supported Turner with three people speaking on his behalf during Monday's regularly scheduled board meeting. David Hallmark, Debbie Jenkins and Richard Francis all urged the board to renew his contract.
In addition, there has been a letter to the editor and editorial columns in the News-Telegram in support of the coach. There has been no public opposition to his contract renewal.
In his four years as head coach, the Wildcats have improved each year. They have qualified for the playoffs in each season, culminating in this year's 9-3 record and bi-district playoff victory over Terrell. It is the only playoff win in any sport for an SSHS team since the spring of 2003 and the first football playoff victory since 1998.
The last two years, the Wildcats have a 17-6 record and 17 football players have signed some type of college scholarship, including three Division I scholarships.
The board on Friday met with Turner, but didn't take any action, according to SSISD Superintendent Patsy Bolton.
"Coach Brad Turner came in here and the board met for a roundtable
discussion," Bolton said. "He brought in his plan, and it is excellent and is what he uses with the students.
"It's time to show - and for folks to understand - athletics, academics and fine arts are all integral parts of education. We want all programs to be
successful. It's important that teachers work together, and we are hoping to
get the community in on it."
The Wildcats will begin spring training workouts in shorts next week, and will be in full pad spring training the following week, culminating in the spring intrasquad game, if a field is available to play on.
The coaching staff also runs summer conditioning workouts, opens the weight room and training facility during the summer, holds two week-long football camps for youngsters, and supports the 7-on-7 passing league during the summer.
Faith Huffman, News-Telegram news editor, contributed to his report.