Parents working to get Crete AD reinstated
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY firstname.lastname@example.org March 27, 2013 7:18PM
Updated: April 29, 2013 12:02PM
Some parents of Crete-Monee High School students are circulating a petition to have Gene Cahan reinstated as athletic director, according to a mother of five boys who are involved in athletics.
The Crete-Monee School District 201U Board last week voted 3 to 2 to reassign Cahan as a math teacher in the 2013-14 school year.
Many parents, student-athletes and other supporters of Cahan at that March 19 meeting failed to sway the board to not take the action against Cahan, a 29-year employee who has been athletic director the past eight years and the head baseball coach for 26 years.
Although officials did not specify a reason for reassigning Cahan, the move came after he posted an article and photo of star football player Laquon Treadwell outside his office. Cahan has always done that when Crete-Monee athletes are featured in the press, but this photo — printed by another newspaper — showed Treadwell holding cash in one hand and being kissed on each cheek by two girls.
Treadwell — who is to attend the University of Mississippi later this year — took the photos himself and posted them on the Internet, where the other newspaper picked them up, sources said. Treadwell didn’t like the photos and asked Cahan to remove them, which he did, sources said.
Still, even Treadwell signed the petition to have Cahan reinstated, according to Pam McElligott, the mother who said petitions were being circulated.
McElligott believes one board member had an issue with Cahan and pushed for Cahan’s reassignment.
“I don’t know what else we can do,” McElligott said. “I would love to pin down a board member and ask, ‘What is this really about?’ ”
“I got a raw deal,” Cahan told the SouthtownStar last week.
The reassignment did not affect Cahan’s status as baseball coach.
Board members who voted to reassign Cahan were Kim Sanders, Nakia Hall and Thomas Morgan. Board President Tom Hysell and Maurice Brown voted against it.
Board member Mary Stockton left the meeting before the board voted at about 2 a.m., and member Nancy Colletti was absent.