Former Franklin football coach disputes role in forcing out school chief
She is retiring — and being allowed to leave her contract early — because she has been “undermined” frequently in the past year by Husband and others in Franklin who are more interested in athletics than education, said Franklin-Hill School Board Chairman Kathleen Russo. She also blamed the city council, saying councilors share that feeling.
“Recently, (Russo) made very negative statements about the City Council and myself in the press. Unfortunately, (Russo) made comments that included false statements,” he alleged.
“The facts speak for themselves. (Ward) started applying for jobs within months of accepting the position in Franklin.
“Did applying for so many jobs negatively impact this individual’s performance in our district? This doesn’t sound like an individual that wanted to stay in Franklin,” he said.
“As the football coach at Franklin High School, I always felt football was a privilege, not a right. I expected my players to conduct themselves as champions on and off the field.”
“After school, for 45 minutes, the team was expected to do their homework and/or meet with their teachers to get extra help. This was pretty successful. In fact, other students, male and female, came to the cafeteria for assistance,” he said.
As to the claims that he favors athletics over academics, Husband said, “While (Russo) simply downplays it as athletics, the reality is it represents so much more to the development of our kids.
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