Seneca East hires new coach

ATTICA — Seneca East Athletic Director Doug Mason announced the hiring of Chris Long for the position of high school boy’s basketball head coach at Monday night’s board of education meeting.

Long graduated from Willard High School and received a bachelor’s degree in sports management from Defiance College. He was a basketball coach in the Willard City school system for 13 years and was head coach from 2013-17.

“I greatly appreciate the opportunity that Seneca East is giving me,” Long said. “It is sometimes hard to get this type of job for a guy like me who didn’t pursue an educational career. In saying that, my dad was an athletic director for many years and so I really grew up inside a school.

“I thoroughly enjoy working with the kids and it is my chance to try to help mold them into successful people when they graduate,” he added. “I have been involved in sports and coaching for most of my life and I have a passion for teaching life skills to these young people through sports.”

In another matter, middle school/high school principal Don Vogt said Seneca East once again has made the list of top high schools in the nation, according to U.S. News and World Report. The magazine puts out its list of the best based on a formula that factors graduation rates, college readiness, how they serve lower socioeconomic students and state testing.

Mason congratulated Morgan England, who placed second at OHSAA Track and Field Championships, Division III pole vault, and the 4X100 state qualifying relay team of Aubrey Salyors, Marini Adachi, England and Nicole Cook. He also recognized baseball players Bo Smith (2nd team All-Ohio, 1st team All-N10), Rickie Lacy (honorable mention All-Ohio, 1st team All-N10), Jake Hall (All-N10 1st team) Kainon Ruffing (All-N10 2nd team) and Hunter Martin (honorable mention) and softball players Lauren Sauers (All-N10 1st team), Brooke Enders (2nd team) and Jessica Boerman (honorable mention).

In other news the board:

• Approved the May financial report.

• Approved permanent appropriations for 2018.

• Approved temporary appropriations for 2019.

• Approved the Seneca East Library budget for 2019, pending the library boards, approval.

• Accepted a donation from the Helping Hens Foundation (Toledo Mud Hens) for $1,000.

• Accepted a donation from Seneca East PTO to support field trips for $3,041.50.

• Accepted a donation from J.F. Construction for a scholarship of $1,000.

• Heard the first review for several policies.

• Approved Allison Daniel as a Seneca East graduate, having completed her educational requirements at Christie Lane School, Huron County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

• Accepted the resignation of Jennie Meyers as educational aide effective May 31.

• Hired Lori Leis as a substitute bus driver pending completion of all required training.

• Hired Krista Schumacher as a non-certified substitute employee for 2018-19.

The board is to meet at 6:30 p.m. July 16.