Bethel-Tate debates hiring football coach

Bethel-Tate football fans will need to wait a little while longer to learn the name of the 2010-2011 varsity coach, and some community members think the wait could jeopardize the team’s performance.

The district has been in need of a new coach since Clint Kirker was placed on paid administrative leave in October 2009 while he was under investigation for an alleged inappropriate sexual relationship with a student. Kirker was put on unpaid administrative leave in January pending action from the Clermont County Prosecutor’s Office and the Ohio Department of Education.

As summer conditioning approaches community members are looking to the board of education to name a successor. High school principal Kimberley McGuire formed a committee of community members to interview seven potential candidates.