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Janesville Parker poms coaching post reposted

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MARCIA A. NELESEN
September 4, 2009
— The Janesville School District is starting from scratch in its search for a Parker High School JV pompon coach.

The district reposted the position after the volunteer coach told the Gazette she feared she wouldn’t get the job because she works for Hooters.


Jennifer Roehl first interviewed for the job in June with Athletic Director Rick Lehman. She told the Gazette that last week she was told she would not be hired. She met Monday with Principal Steve Schroeder and Lehman to find out why.


The administrators wouldn’t say Hooters was the problem, but she said she was convinced from their comments that it was.


Roehl was volunteer coach for the squad this summer and has volunteered for the program since she graduated from Parker in 2007.


Roehl said she would quit her job at Hooters to be coach because she feels loyalty to the girls.


The coaching position last year paid $1,900.


Superintendent Karen Schulte said the original application package given to candidates was not complete.


Stephen Sperry, the district’s human resources director, said the district had never made a hiring decision.


“We couldn’t make a decision,” he said. “I didn’t have a complete packet. The hiring process had stopped.”


Sperry said Schroeder noticed the district’s application paperwork was not complete. That was the fault of the administration and not Roehl, he said.


So the district reposted the position Thursday with an application deadline of Thursday, Sept. 10.


Sperry interviewed Roehl on Thursday.


“I want to kind of understand who this person is,’’ he said. “From what I’m hearing, I would like to meet her and listen to what type of leadership skills and leadership experiences she has.”


Roehl said Sperry asked if she could be a positive role model for the girls.


She told him she could.


“I’m really confident I’m qualified for this,” Roehl said. “There’s nothing wrong with my background. I made honor roll in high school and college. I’m being a good roll model.”


Roehl said she intended to reapply Thursday.


For now, the varsity pompom coach has taken over coaching duties. The girls at Friday’s game will perform a routine created by Roehl, and they want her to attend, Roehl said.


Schulte noted that Roehl has been volunteering for a couple of months and was waiting to hear about the job “probably way too long.


“We shouldn’t allow that to happen,” she said.



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