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Chatfield School Board examines controversial coaching situation


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Education

The Chatfield School Board discusses the coaching contracts for fall and winter sports for the 2013-2014 school year at its April 15 meeting. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge

By Mitchell Walbridge

The room was packed at the Chatfield School Board meeting on Monday, April 15 as parents, students, and district staff members were in attendance to show their support for head basketball coach Tom Bance. This is after a signed petition had been submitted to the board from some parents who felt Coach Bance should not have his boys basketball contract renewed for the 2013-2014 school year. Over the past week board members have received numerous emails and phone calls in support of Bance, but also some calls for the non-renewal of Bance’s contract.

Tim Hebrink, a resident of Chatfield, was one of two people who personally addressed the board on this issue during the district patron time. Hebrink stated that he has become familiar with Coach Bance’s basketball program over the years and felt that the coach does an adequate job in educating and supporting his team members. Carmen Berge, the Chatfield Education Association co-president, announced on behalf of the teachers at Chatfield that they stand behind Coach Bance as basketball coach. Berge explained that they [the CEA] felt that after analyzing the code of ethics for coaches, none had been violated. Also, Berge pointed out that the school board did not complete a full investigation of the allegations after ethics complaints. Then Berge brought up that according to Minnesota State High School League procedure, the complaints would need to be reviewed before talk of contract non-renewal is even suggested.

Before the board reviewed the situation and rendered a decision later in the meeting, Board Chair Jerry Chase made it clear that the board has seen at least four controversial issues arise including the building referendum, removing the valedictorian position, teacher contract negotiations, and the hiring of superintendents. Just like managing these issues, Chase explained that board members always review the data before casting their votes and will do the same in this situation. He said, “The board does not waiver under pressure.” Because he felt that the board held some responsibility for not having an adequate communication and evaluation process in place for coaches, Chase voted to approve Tom Bance’s contract for next year in hopes that concerns will be resolved under the developing activities committee and activities director position.

Most board members agreed with Chase. Board Clerk Greg LaPlante gave his inp .....
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Helen Halloran Wheeler

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Helen Halloran Wheeler Helen Halloran Wheeler, a loving mother, grandma, great-grandma, sister, aunt, friend, and volunteer, passed away Friday, April 5, 2013, at her home in Chatfield, MN. Helen was born July 22, 1931, and grew up in Chatfield, ..... 
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Maxine Elaine “Maggie” Bren Johnson

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Maxine Elaine “Maggie” Bren Johnson We share in the celebration of the life of Maxine “Maggie” Johnson of Chatfield, Minnesota, who passed in peace on April 4, 2013. Maggie was born on December 20, 1940, in South Dakota and lived there un ..... 
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Donna Mae Bradt

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Donna Mae Bradt Donna Mae Bradt, 71, of Rochester, Minn. died Saturday, April 6, 2013, at MSOCS in Rochester, where she had lived since February of 2011. Donna was born Nov. 18, 1941, in Rochester, to Louis and Mary (Stokes) Bradt. She enjoyed ..... 
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Chatfield authorizes purchase of properties

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Government

By Karen Reisner The Chatfield City Council unanimously authorized the EDA to move forward with the purchase of two properties southwest of Highway 52 and north of Grove Street NW as recommended by the EDA. The authorization was contingent on the ..... 
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Bernard ‘Bernie’ William Musty

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Bernard ‘Bernie’ William Musty Bernard ‘Bernie’ William Musty, 91, of Chatfield, Minn. died April 2, 2013, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield. Bernie was born July 28, 1921, in Mazeppa, Minn. to Hubert and Elizabeth (Hinds) M ..... 
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Delores Mary McBroom

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Delores Mary McBroom Delores Mary McBroom, 90, of Chatfield, Minn. died Sunday, March 31, 2013, at the Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield where she had lived for four and a half years. Delores Mary Lynch was born August 17, 1922, in Chatfield ..... 
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ELCA Women’s Spring Gathering

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Faith & Worship

For inspiration and fellowship come to Chatfield Lutheran Church for the ELCA Women’s Spring Gathering of the Root River Conference on Saturday, April 13. Our theme is God’s Spirit from I Corithians 3:16 “Surely you know that you are God’s t ..... 
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Chatfield Community Education supports and serves families

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Features

Chatfield Community Education recognizes the importance of early childhood experiences. Therefore, it is a priority to support and serve families with young children. Programs and services have been designed with the young child in mind. ECFE The ..... 
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