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School board votes to accept resignation of MHS football coach

by Larry S. Chowning

On Tuesday afternoon the Middlesex County School Board held a special meeting to decide whether to accept the resignation of Middlesex High School head football coach Josh Franke. And on a 3-2 vote, his resignation was accepted.

Board members Claudia Soucek and Jim Goforth voted to accept the resignation and board members Richard Shores and Elliott Reed voted against. Garland Harrow, the new chairman of the board, broke the tie and voted to accept Franke’s resignation.

On Monday night at the school board’s regular monthly meeting, there was one of the longest public comment periods in recent history as students, parents and coaches came out to support Franke, who has coached the Chargers the past two years.

Parent Marty Smith of Urbanna said he wished he had made more calls to school board members earlier about his satisfaction with the job Franke was doing. “He is committed to the program. He knows how to win and brought this program back so our children could get a taste of winning.

“As far as his resignation, I don’t think we are getting the full story,” Smith continued. “It appears to be a planned exit, but not by him. I hope you (school board) will ask him to rescind his resignation. He is a good person and a good coach.”

School board chairman Garland Harrow assured those at Monday’s meeting that the matter would be reviewed thoroughly.

Read the rest of this story in this week’s Southside Sentinel at newstands throughout the county or subscribe to an online PDF subscription.

posted 01.16.2013

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