SIOUX CITY, Iowa — The hiring of a new Sioux City West High School boys and girls track coach based on tenure has raised complaints that the district may have overlooked better qualified candidates.
The Sioux City Journal reports that parents and assistant coaches object to the way the district hired Rochelle Babcock to lead the newly consolidated boys and girls team.
Boys assistant coach Tunisia Billings says the district told the coaching staff that everyone would be laid off when the two teams merged but that coaches could reapply. However, no interviews were held.
Bruce Lear, director of the teachers union, says the district had to hire Babcock in accordance with the union’s contract language on tenure and the district should have never suggested others would be interviewed.