Crete-Monee 201U Board won’t reconsider Cahan’s ouster as AD
BY SUSAN DEMAR LAFFERTY firstname.lastname@example.org April 23, 2013 2:16PM
Updated: May 25, 2013 6:31AM
The Crete-Monee School District 201U Board will not reconsider its decision to reassign athletic director Gene Cahan for the 2013-14 school year, a school official said Tuesday.
At last week’s board meeting, several parents spoke in support of Cahan, urging the board to take another vote, and claiming the action to oust him as athletic director was the “personal vendetta” of a board member. They also presented petitions with more than 700 signatures asking that Cahan be reinstated.
Supt. John Rodgers said that after a closed session that night, the board decided not to take further action on the issue.
“They always appreciate public comment, but they will not reconsider their decision,” Rodgers said. “No explanation needs to be given.”
The athletic director’s job will be posted and applications will be taken, with a recommendation for filling Cahan’s spot possibly coming at the June board meeting, he said.
Cahan, a 29-year district employee, was reassigned to be a math teacher next school year, after serving eight years as athletic director. He is to remain the head baseball coach.
The board took action after Cahan allegedly posted a newspaper clipping and photos featuring star football player Laquon Treadwell being kissed by two girls and holding a handful of cash. Treadwell didn’t like the photos — which he reportedly took and posted on the Internet himself — and asked Cahan to take them down, which he did.
Cahan typically posted news articles featuring athletes in a display case outside his office.