FRANKLIN — Former Franklin High School football coach Greg Husband, who was not rehired as coach in April, is running for school board in city elections on Oct. 1.
Husband was at the center of a controversy over his forced departure as coach during the summer, as supporters filed petitions with the council seeking the removal of the city’s two school board chairmen because of what they termed the mishandling of Husband’s case.
The petitions have been forwarded by the city council to the state Attorney General’s Office for review.
Husband was not rehired because the school board was worried that a state athletic association could follow through on threatened sanctions against Franklin athletic programs because of what Husband calls unsubstantiated complaints that his team acted in an unsportsmanlike manner last fall.
But Husband, who served for two terms on the city council in the 1990s, did not focus on his former job as football coach or the controversy in explaining his candidacy.
“I decided to run for school board to assist the district in furthering the academic goals of our youth,” Husband said.
“For the past 20 years, I have been involved in the Franklin Outing Club, coaching Little League, Lassie League, recreational basketball for boys and girls, and coaching football. During all of those endeavors, I had an opportunity to assist children in their learning and development process.”
Among his achievements, Husband points to a homework club he ran in 2007, when more than 15 student athletes were ineligible for fall sports, he said. As part of the club, student athletes would be responsible for doing their homework immediately after school before football practice.
“The program was very successful,” he said.
Husband said he has also tutored many children and has worked closely with faculty members over the years to ensure students succeeded in school.
“I was active working with students to ensure they were successful academically year round,” he said.
He is concerned about the school system’s handling of so-called “504” plans, government rules that ensure that children with disabilities receive accommodations that will ensure their academic success. Husband has five children, two of whom have learning disabilities.
Husband graduated from Plymouth State College in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration management. He worked at Dartmouth College for 19 years, serving as the director of procurement and auxiliary services before leaving in 2005.
“I look forward to utilizing my professional experience, my love for the city of Franklin and my commitment to the educational process to assist in moving the Franklin School District forward,” he said.