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Super: Olsen Contract Decision Not Related To Players' Criminal Charges

Olsen tells NorthJersey.com that he'd like to remain football coach.

The decision to not was not connected to his handling of criminal charges filed against nine of this players last fall, Superintendent of Schools Ray Gonzalez said Friday.

“Anyone who assumes that anything that was decided the other day had anything to do with the past, I can assure you that those assumptions are not founded,” Gonzalez said.

The contracts of Olsen and Wayne Valley Athletic Director Dan Kilday will expire before June 30. Kilday coaches boys’ soccer at . Gonzalez would not say whether the men will have the opportunity to return for the 2012-2013 school year as coaches.

Olsen, who is a tenured physical education teacher, told NorthJersey.com on Friday that he planned to return to teaching and wants to be on the sidelines when Hills takes the field this fall to defend its state championship.

Officials adopted a new policy in January that prohibits administrators and supervisors from coaching sports teams or acting as advisers of any district athletic, co-curricular, or extra-curricular program.

The board said it would after nine football players were for allegedly attacking two Wayne Valley students last October. The players, eight of whom were minors at the time of the incident, were state in December. Olsen was criticized in some corners for not suspending the players for the team’s first two state playoff games.

The board’s decision is part of a larger plan to reorganize the Wayne Public School District’s administrative structure. New at George Washington and middle schools, , and . Officials have already begun searching for the new principals.

The district’s special education, guidance and athletic departments are also being reorganized.

Gonzalez is the district’s first permanent superintendent the district has had since 2009. He signed a five-year contract with the district in December 2010.

The board voted earlier this year to in order to get the budget below a state-mandated 2 percent increase cap.

“I have a long-term commitment to this district and my charge is to now reorganize the district in order to be able to provide the same level of quality and service to our students, but with fewer resources,” Gonzalez said. “In order to make that happen, I have to reorganize staff and reallocate resources to ensure that we give students the same educational experiences that they have received in the district. We have to make sure that we utilize our resources effectively.”

The school portion of the average homeowner’s taxes will increase $127 due to the board , the portion of the budget funded by local taxes, in March. The total budget for the 2012-2013 school year is $144 million.

“Anything that we’ve done so far has a clear connection to our goals for the district,” Gonzalez said. “The expenditure of that budget demands that we act as responsibly as we can in order to ensure the best education possible for our students.”

fboy1932 April 28, 2012 at 02:47 AM
Im glad hes taking charge and moving foward. One thing I hope he doesnt do is bring in more so called friends.
Pad April 28, 2012 at 10:26 AM
Don't worry they both have plenty of thier friends on the way in. I know one personally thats been offered a position.
WAL April 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM
All we here about is Olsen wanting for himself and his kid. Last I checked it was a football Team. NOT a 2 man show
eyes wide shut April 28, 2012 at 12:42 PM
@WAL we all know that, but the only people that don't know that are the Olsen's
Al Scala April 28, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I find it difficult to believe Dr. Gonzalez, when he says the football fiasco of this past year has nothing to do with this reorganization. Had that event never occurred, would we be non renewing both AD's contracts? I find that hard to believe. In my opinion, the fact that, that event did occurr, the fact that it was handled so poorly at all levels, precipitated the decision to not allow coaches to be an AD. It would be one or the other. I agree with that. Once that decision was made, then the ball started to roll with the thoughts of change, like consolidating both AD's into one super AD position. Thus the actions taken by the Board the other night. Dr. Gonzalez, I as a resident of Wayne, as a homeowner and taxpayer, as a parent who sent his three children through our system, as a grandfather whose grandchildren are either now in our system or will be, I ask for your absolute honesty, complete transparency and strong leadership. I know that the Super's job gets political at times, but be an educator and a competent administrator and leader. Something speaks to me that you are or can be. Help bring our system back to where it once was and beyond. Please, no political rhetoric, just the plain honest truth.
Damian April 28, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I think had parents and coaches talk with those 9 players, gotten the truth and then acted appropriately then maybe this would not be a nessisary move. I think what would have also happened is that the one student who was not involved but in the end was punished with the other 8, he would have been on the field but I think he was lumped in with the 8 and then the defense was"well some of these students were not even involved" it was all posturing and maneuvering and came back to bite them in the ass. Always better to figure these things out without lawyers, I wonder if the lawyers still got paid?......
H Hughly April 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM
How effective the Board of Education has been in deflecting criticism of themselves towards the new superintendant. Great public relations ploy with an election 6 months away. Kind of like hanging fresh meat out for the jackels while the chickens slink back into the coop. Vote in November!!!
Justice April 29, 2012 at 12:33 PM
Vote out the BOE and Council. Good Riddance
Wayne's World April 30, 2012 at 01:13 PM
Poor Mr. Kilday for being swept up in this nonsense. I disagree that an AD can't also serve as coach of a team. In this day and age of relative austerity, why can't we do more with less? As I suggested in another post, the solution could be quite simple - if a conflict such as the WH 9 ever presents itself - the AD/coach would have to recuse himself and the decision could be kicked up to the principal or superindendent. These situations are so rare that in most years it would be a non-issue. Mr. Kilday by all accounts has been an exemplary coach and AD. Now his career has been derailed, no SCREWED, because of Olsen's poor judgment and greed. Olsen has whatever is coming to him on that front, but it's a shame, because this whole thing is an over-reaction (on a BOE organizational level) to how poorly everyone handled it from the beginning to end. I'd be pretty pissed if I were Mr. Kilday and about to lose $120k per year because my counterpart is a jerk. As for streamlining the school system, this is something we've all been complaining about on this board. I support the idea of one AD for both schools. From the outside, it seems reasonable that one person could do scheduling and other tasks for both athletic programs. I don't know if that is really the case but it's worth a shot. The bigger issue is the administrative build-up, both in the SI's office and in the schools. Too many administrators, counselors, etc. and not enough teachers. Trim the ranks by 10-20%.
notwhoyouthink May 06, 2012 at 03:06 PM
So now people (valley whiners) are griping. What happened? Last fall it was all about how AD's shouldn't be allowed to also coach. Now the WV AD is affected and its unfair....wah wah wah.

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