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Adams Central will mark another end of an era as longtime Athletic Director Rick Minnich submitted his resignation to the Adams Central Board of Education Tuesday night.
Minnich, who has served AC in various positions for 39 years, said in his letter he has been blessed and has no regrets in beginning and ending his career at AC. Minnich thanked the school and the community for the help and support he has received during his time at AC.
"I know a lot of people have had a lot to say, and not everyone likes Rick, but I've never had to worry about this athletic department," said Superintendent Mike Pettibone. "I've never had to worry about whether it was fair, or what our coaches were doing. I've always considered Rick to be a moral compass for the school. He's going to be a hard one to replace."
Pettibone went on to say that Minnich was a student at AC and, with the exception of his college years, has always been with the school. Pettibone then recounted something Minnich said to him when Pettibone first came to Adams Central: "Once a Jet, always a Jet."
In other personnel news, the board approved a request from fourth grade teacher Lanette Buchan for maternity leave. Buchan had originally requested leave from April 1 through the end of the school year. However, elementary school Principal Terri Laurent said Buchan went into labor unexpectedly Monday and delivered a son and will now be out for the remainder of the year.
Laurent moved quickly to move Kemper Amstutz, who joined the AC staff as an afternoon Title 1 aide in January, to fill Buchan's position. Laurent noted that prior to joining the AC staf Amstutz taught at South Adams Elementary during the fall semester, and completed her Transition to Teaching program at Taylor University.
Amstutz was brought in to fill Jacob Barse's afternoon responsibilities as he co-teaches second grade with Carrie Aschliman, with Aschliman teaching during the morning and Barse teaching afternoon classes.
Now with Amstutz moving to replace Buchan, another Title 1 Aide is needed in the second grade class. For this position Laurent recommended Deanna McClure, who most recently worked as a Title 1 aide in the middle school.
Pettibone commended Laurent on her ability to fill the positions quickly and the board approved all motions, 7-0.