CALUMET CITY | The School Board for Thornton Fractional Township High School District 215 accepted the resignation of Artie Rogers as head coach of the T.F. North football program, according to district spokeswoman Iyana Mason.
Rogers, a Hammond native, announced his intention to resign from coaching duties in November, saying he wanted to spend more time with his teenaged children.
Rogers compiled a 20-27 record during his five seasons as head of the Meteors football program. He guided the team to back-to-back Class 6A playoff appearances in 2010 and 2011. He also served two separate stints as an assistant coach at two Northwest Indiana high schools.
He will remain at T.F. North as a dean. Officials have yet to find a replacement for Rogers as football coach, Mason said.
The School Board also awarded a pair of contracts when they met Tuesday for the final time in 2013.
Board members approved a $2,400 contract to Sertoma Speech and Hearing Centers for audiological testing they will do for the high schools in Calumet City and neighboring Lansing.
Meanwhile, the School Board also awarded a $1,485 contract to Project CRISS for a teacher institute it will conduct at T.F. North High School on Jan. 6. The Project Creating Independence through Student-owned Strategies organization operates programs that help students read and write more effectively.
Also on Tuesday, the School Board approved a payment of $3,000 to Zach Marks for serving as a band assistant at T.F. North. He previously was contracted for his services at $5,000.
The board also was on hand for a presentation of their Excellence Counts designation, an honor given out periodically to faculty and staff members who excel at their jobs.
Miguel Gutierrez is a network administrator for the high school district who has been willing to work at odd hours to ensure the computers function properly at all the high schools.
“There have been times he has had to work all night long to keep things working,” Mason said.
Jill Fredianelli is a secretary at T.F. North who helps deal with issues related to attendance. “She is a big help and is known to both faculty and students,” she said.