District fires grid coach
New direction sought for team
By: Bill Greenwood, Staff Writer
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Mark Prelewicz, head coach of the South Brunswick High School football team, will not be returning to the sidelines next year.
Athletic Director Elaine McGrath said Wednesday the school decided to “go in a new direction” and seek a new head coach for the 2007 season. Mr. Prelewicz was informed of the decision Monday, she said.
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Doesn’t anyone see a problem in the government running a school; let alone a school’s football program?
First, my earnings are stolen by taxes to support this activity in which I get to pay but have no voice in. Maybe Coach Mark was a terrible coach. But where does the Athletic Director get to say in my name, and all the taxpayers, that “we” want to go in a new direction. Maybe we don’t care if the team wins or loses, but maybe we value if the children are having fun, learning something, and safe.
Second, government schools are a queer activity in terms of Constitutional limits. Where does the authority for this odd creation come from? Certainly, no one has ever asked me. Students, teachers, and coaches are dealing with the government and then have all the associated rights when one deals with the government. It just becomes too confusing. What happened to the coach’s right to due process.
Third, and probably most important, it’s not fair to expect teachers and coaches to work in this new version of the “company store”. We don’t have the marketplace to supply the discipline to ensure that everyone is maximizing their service to their fellow human beings. The government, its schools, and all its undertakings have no marketplace to tell it when it is doing something good, something bad, or in this case something very confusing.