District 117 looking to merge athletic director and assistant principal positions at JHS

By Ryne Turke on June 18, 2015 at 12:54pm

The next athletic director at Jacksonville High School could be playing a big role on the administrative team.

District 117 board members discussed the best solutions for filling the vacant JHS athletic director position during yesterday’s meeting.

Superintendent Steve Ptacek says the district’s goal is to utilize the position to maximize the impact on the school.

Ptacek says merging the athletic director with an additional assistant principal position at the high school could fill a number of needs at JHS.

“We’ve been talking about potentially adding an assistant principal to the high school staff for the past year,” says Ptacek.

“We have an increased evaluation need for our principals in today’s new legal requirements from the state. With the new PARCC assessment, we have more time management requirements for our principals. We need another assistant principal to help out with the atmosphere of the school.”

Ptacek plans for the new position to provide positive interactions with students in the hallways and on the field.

According to policies at JHS, the Athletic Director is prohibited for being hired as a coach. Ptacek explains why.

“The athletic director has to be available during all seasons to answer needs for any sport. When you are in season as a coach, your time is limited,” says Ptacek.

Ptacek says the board has the option of changing that policy to make the job more attractive to strong candidates.

Ptacek hopes to have the position approved during a special meeting on Wednesday at Central Office.