Schleicher County ISD has renewed its search for an athletic director and head football coach. That news came after Coach Ram Moreno decided last week to step away from the job he had accepted only a couple of weeks before.

For this part, Moreno said his decision was based on what was best for his family. “But, more importantly,” he said, “it was what was best for our program’s kids.”

EHS Superintendent Robert Gibson noted that candidates for the job are currently being interviewed.

The athletic director and head football coach position was last held by Coach Jon Long who resigned after two successful years at the helm of Eagles athletics. He and his wife Stepanie are moving to Caddo Mills in order to be closer to his family.

Schleicher County ISD trustees took no action on the vacant AD post during Monday night’s school board meeting. They did, however, vote to fill three other vacancies at the school. Richard Ramsey was hired as a middle school history teacher and will also serve as the Lady Eagles head basketball coach. Jeremy Castro will be the assistant director of the Mighty Eagle Band as well as the music teacher for students in grades 5-7. EHS alum Rosa Trevino will join the Eldorado Middle School faculty as the 6th grade English Language Arts teacher.

The meeting began with teachers Jennifer Doran and Justina Saunders offering suggestions for changes to the EHS auditorium. Board President Kurtis Homer said the trustees could not take up consideration of the matter since it was not on the agenda but said it would be placed on a future agenda for board discussion.

In other business, the board heard from the three campus principals who outlined the activity on their campuses as the spring semester came to a close.

For his part EHS Principal Perry Graves provided a YAG (year-at-a-glance) summary of his students’ accomplishments during the 2021-22 school year.

The summary noted many academic, band and athletic achievements as well as post-graduation plans and scholarships for the Class of 2022.

The trustees reviewed and approved the district’s financial reports as presented by Business Manager Lynn Holsey. She explained that the district has just over $2.42 million in undesignated fund balance with another $4.1 million in committed fund balance for future capital improvements.

The board also heard from Superintendent Gibson who outline work that is being carried out to “harden” the school and make it more difficult for unauthorized people to enter SCISD facilities. He said the work is particularly important in view of the tragic Uvalde school shooting on May 24th.

Gibson said that security is being increased and noted that each classroom will have the ability to directly communicate with the campus office. Fences are being moved to make it more difficult for outsiders to enter school property where children might be playing or moving from building to building.

“We can never be 100 percent safe,” Gibson said, “but we are doing everything we can to protect our kids.” He also noted that law enforcement officers have toured the school’s buildings and are working with school personnel to streamline communications and response time.

Before adjourning, the board voted to cancel their July meeting before entering into a lengthy closed-door executive session for the discussion of personnel matters and real estate concerns.

Kurtis Homer presided over Monday night’s meeting with trustees Lupe Sanchez, Michelle Mynatt, Glyn Hutto, Melissa Rodriguez and Fidel Herrera in attendance. Trustee Sam Luedecke was absent.

The next meeting of the SCISD board of trustees is slated for 6 p.m. on Monday, August 9th, in the SCISD board room.