NH school board approves new additions to policy used to fire high school football coaches
DOVER — Additions to a policy used to fire five Dover High School football coaches last October was approved by the School Board Monday.
The policy was criticized for being too vague in its expectations for staff conduct with students.
Superintendent Elaine Arbour was highly criticized for her decision to dismiss five football coaches who admitted to drinking beer on their way home from a game last fall. Only one person was in support of Arbour's decision.
After a game in Keene, the coaches purchased and consumed alcohol in a private vehicle while on duty traveling back to Dover High School, officials said. The coaches were in a separate vehicle from the head coach and students.
According to an initial report by Fosters, included in the additions to the policy is a section subtitled "Student Safety," which says, “It is expected that any staff member who has a student in their charge will be responsible for that student from the time in which the student is released to the care of the staff member until such time as the student is returned to their next destination and designated supervision. It should not be expected that other staff members will accept that responsibility without the express approval of an administrator. In other words, staff members are ‘on-duty’ from the time they accept responsibility for a student until that student is returned to their next destination and designated supervision.”
A re-examination of the decision to dismiss the football coaches is not expected.