It happens all the time.
A controversy erupts in a community; residents get angry and they demand change; they vow to stick with it until change occurs.
Then it all sort of just, oh, goes away.
I think that is what happened in Amarillo, where more than a year ago the community seethed over the forced resignation of a volleyball coach. Kori Clements quit after a year coaching the Amarillo High School girls volleyball team, one of the more vaunted programs in the entire state.
She cited pressure from a school trustee, Renee McCown, who pressured Clements to play her daughter more. The Amarillo Independent School District administration didn’t back the coach. Parents formed a “transparency coalition” to get to the bottom of what happened.
The trustee in question resigned from the board, which accepted Clements’ resignation without comment.
Observers from near and far raised issues, asked questions. I was one of them. The parents coalition sought answers from Superintendent Doug Loomis. To my knowledge, there haven’t many answers forthcoming.
And so life goes on. Of course, the AISD is dealing with a pandemic these days, which likely shuffles every other issue — no matter how big or small — to the darkest back shelf possible.
I look periodically at the parents coalition Facebook page, searching for news on its search for transparency. Don’t see any progress, unless there’s been some secret-handshake deal struck behind everyone’s back.
My curiosity at times does get the better of me. This is one of those times.
The Clements story didn’t end well for the former coach. It bothered me greatly that a trustee meddled in an educator’s job and that she was allowed to get away with it. I hope the former coach has embarked on a new life journey.
As for the school district, I hope the folks who run the public school system have adopted a policy that doesn’t tolerate the kind of interference that prompted the tempest in the first place.