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School Board delays Westover vote

May 12, 2003

The Westover High football team will have to wait at least two more weeks before they have a new head coach.

The Dougherty County school board did not vote on a recommendation at their regular monthly meeting to hire Jeff Caldwell from Stockbridge High.

 Caldwell, who has won 178 games in 21 seasons, was selected from a search committee from a field of eight finalists who all have head coaching experience.

After the initial interview, the field was cut to three finalists- Caldwell, Northeast Macon head coach Carror Wright and Bainbridge assistant and former Berrien head coach Brett Martin.

However, board member Willie Weaver said he wanted to know more about how the search was conducted after hearing some concerns from some in the community.

 Those concerns apparently center on why the search committee passed over two assistants on the Westover staff who have previous head coaching experience.

One of those assistants is former Monroe head coach William Chunn.  Chunn is an assistant principal at Westover and will not be able to be head or assistant coach next year as long as he remains in adminstration under a policy that has been re-implemented by the four Dougherty County principals.

 The Dougherty County school board hopes to be able to vote on Caldwell at its next meeting.