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 CAB Hires Jacoby for AD Post

July 29, 2009 - Finding a new athletic director ended up being a much quicker process for the Charles A. Beard Memorial School Corporation than getting rid of its former one.

During a special meeting last Thursday, the board voted 6-1 to hire Jennifer Jacoby, Indiana's 1991 Miss Basketball and a former standout on a Final Four-qualifying Purdue University womens basketball team, as CAB's new athletic director. She replaces David Bradford, who resigned effective June 30, after spending more than nine weeks on paid leave for allegedly hitting a Knightstown High School softball player on the arm during a game.

The school board had interviewed Jacoby and one other candidate during a private executive session held two days earlier, immediately prior to the board's July 21 regular monthly meeting. However, because the board did not have much time following the interviews to discuss the merits of the two candidates, another executive session was scheduled for Thursday.

During the special public meeting that took place right after the July 23 executive session, CAB Superintendent Gary Storie recommended that the board hire Jacoby. The recommendation drew the support of six of the board's members, with Mark Fort casting the lone dissenting vote.

Most recently, Jacoby, a 1996 Purde graduate, had served one year as the girls varsity basketball coach at Clinton Central High School in Frankfurt, while also working in the same town at a family printing business she co-owns. Before that, from 2005-2007, she was an assistant athletic director at Cathedral High School in Indianapolis.

Jacoby also coached the girls varsity basketball team at Benton Central High School in Oxford, from 2003-2005, and was an assistant coach at the University of Illinois, Miami of Ohio University and Indiana University from 1998-2001. From 2003-2005, she worked as a sales representative for New Balance.

The school board's vote last Thursday gave Jacoby a two-year contract with CAB with an annual salary of $59,400, the same amount Bradford, who was finishing his sixth year as CAB's athletic director, was being paid. Jacoby will not, however, receive the health insurance perk Bradford had been given, which only required him to pay 25 cents a year toward his health insurance premium while CAB paid the rest. Instead, Jacoby will receive the same health insurance contribution from CAB that teachers and other full-time employees get, which is now about $6,800 toward a single coverage policy that currently costs $8,938 a year.

According to Storie, Jacoby had been one of about a dozen applicants for the athletic director's job. He said a five member committee consisting of himself, KHS principal Scott Ritchie, KHS vice principal Steve Wherry, KHS varsity boys basketball coach John Howell and KHS varsity volleyball coach Cindy Hammer did an initial screening and interviewed three applicants.

After the screening committee's interviews, Jacoby and one other applicant were then taken before the the school board for final interviews. Storie declined to identify any of the other applicants for the job, including the second finalist who was being considered.

"I would say that we took two candidates to the board that the committee felt very positive about, had the board chosen either one," he said.

Speaking of Jacoby, Storie said, "The coaches were impressed with her approach to developing communications within the athletic department, pulling the department together into a common vision -- goals, things like that. ... Her description about how she would do that was appealing."

Storie also said it was felt that Jacoby, because of her background, would be successful in encouraging students to participate in athletics. He also said she it's hoped that she'll be able to help CAB find and keep quality coaches for its sports programs.

While the school board approved Jacoby's hiring last week, a second vote may be required since an actual contract for the position had not been drafted yet. Storie told The Banner last Friday that he and School Board President Kevin Knott had met earlier that morning to work on drafting a contract, but said CAB's legal counsel will need to review it before the board is asked to approve it.

As had been the case with Bradford, Jacoby's contract calls for her to work 220 days a year. When he spoke to The Banner last Friday, Storie said he expected Jacoby would be starting "right away."


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