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Gary administration gives disciplinary action for football officiating gaffe

2012-09-08T20:00:00Z 2012-09-18T17:31:11Z Gary administration gives disciplinary action for football officiating gaffeSteve Hanlon steve.hanlon@nwi.com, (219) 933-4198 nwitimes.com
September 08, 2012 8:00 pm  • 

Gary school board president Darren Washington said Saturday that severe disciplinary action has been brought against two city administrators for two recent leadership mistakes.

On Aug. 31, the West Side-Andrean football game was postponed to Saturday, the next day, when no officials showed up for the game. The crew never got a contract from West Side officials.

Also, the week of Aug. 17, when the Cougars were set to host Hobart in the season opener, no one knew until Friday morning where the game would be played. The lights were not working and a crew came out and worked hurriedly for three days to get the game in at West Side.

"That is embarrassing," Washington said. "Things like that have been going on in our city for too long. There needs to be a change at the top."

While Washington would not give any particulars on what will, or has, happened, he called out West Side athletic director Vanessa Nichols and Gary city athletic director Earl Smith Jr.

The Gary school board met earlier this week to discuss the situation that brought a lot of bad press to the city.

Washington said more information will be released in the coming days.

"Things like this cannot happen," Washington said. "We need to get people in leadership who will make sure that our schools are run right. We only have two schools left in the city. How can you not know what's going on?"

Roosevelt was taken over by EdisonLearning this school year, leaving West Side and Lew Wallace as the only public schools run by the city.

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