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Few applaud BC's cheerleading call

Changes in club culminate with coaching switch

Last year’s season got off to a late start, she said, because the school board was late in approving her as the advisor. Because of this, the girls missed cheering at the school’s first home football game. Toward the end of the season, the girls had problems getting their varsity letters because the program was no longer a sport.

Breen said she spoke with former Principal Charles Abba about the matter, and he said he would make sure the girls still got letters. He and Breen also came up with a plan to hold open gym sessions for cheerleaders to make sure they didn’t fall behind if there was a delay in getting the club’s activities officially started.

That’s why Breen was surprised when she said none of the above occurred. At the same time, she was contacted by a distraught cheerleader who said she’d heard Breen had quit.

“I didn’t quit,” said Breen. “Finally I called and asked for a meeting with (new high school Principal Scott Landry), because I was confused.”

Breen said at the meeting, Landry spoke with her about her concerns from the last year. When she asked about her plans for the coming season, Breen said Landry informed her someone else had been hired that morning. Breen claims she was never interviewed for the position and had submitted a letter of interest to be the coach this year.

“The principal was short with me when I told him the kids were upset,” she said. “He told me to tell them that ‘life isn’t fair.’ That blew me away.”

Landry did not return calls seeking comment.BCSD spokesman Bill DeVoe said the position went to the individual the district felt was most qualified.

DeVoe said all coaches are normally hired by the district’s athletic director, as was done in previous years for cheerleading. Because the program is now considered a club, the principal hires the advisor, who receives a $2,610 stipend for the fall cheerleading season. An advisor has not yet been selected for the winter season.

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