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Waiting for Fall:
Kelley, Mitchell and Morris resign Salem coaching positions

Waiting for Fall: Salem School's football field is empty for the summer, but in the fall it will be full of new players and coaches. Salem's three football coaches' resignations were accepted at the June 19 school board meeting, but the school plans to fill the positions before football season begins. Photo/Price

Salem football fans will see three new faces at Greyhound games this fall as the three football coaches from the 2005-06 football season will be leaving the school. The coaches' resignations were accepted at the June 19 Salem School Board meeting at the Salem superintendent's office.

Head coach Ed Kelley and assistant coaches Chad Mitchell and Lucas Morris all handed in their resignations over the month prior to the school board meeting.

"They didn't get together and quit," Superintendent Ken Rich said. Rich said the resignations were all accepted at the meeting and the timing was largely a bad coincidence. "There is not a negative reason for any of them leaving," Rich said.

Rich said all of the coaches have moved on because of personal reasons or to take jobs in other places. He said Morris took a coaching position in Dumas, Ark., and Mitchell took a coaching job at Van Buren, Ark. Kelley did not give a reason for leaving and was not asked to resign, Rich said. Kelley and Morris both coached one year at Salem while Mitchell coached two.

Rich said a new assistant coach has already been hired. Seth Brazeal, who coached football, baseball and softball at Harrisburg, will be at Salem this fall. Brazeal is a graduate of Williams Baptist College and a former student teacher at Salem schools. Brazeal will also be a health and drivers' education instructor at the school.

"The other two positions should be filled very soon," Rich said. "We have some quality candidates and will be looking forward to a good football season." In the 2005 football season Salem had a 3-7 win/loss record.

"I think there won't be a big effect on the football program," Rich said. Students are still able to work out and coaches are here daily to supervise."

"This happens all over the state every year," Rich said. He said coaching staffs around the state have a high turnover rate, usually because they move up to bigger schools or they want to be closer to family.

In other business:

The school board accepted a bid from Freedom Ford in Melbourne for a 2006 Ford Taurus to serve as a drivers' education and school car. The car will cost $12,300.

The school board renewed its property and vehicle insurance with the Arkansas School Board Risk Management Program for $34,598. The cost reflected additional property not listed before around the sports fields.

The board also renewed the catastrophic accident insurance for students with the Dwight Jones Agency at a cost of $1,103. The insurance covers accidents accumulating over $25,000 in damages.

The school board accepted changes to the student handbook for the 2006-2007 school year. The major change will be for students in advanced placement classes who will see a multiplier added to the grading system so not to penalize them for taking additional classes.

The next meeting of the Salem school board is scheduled for July 16.



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