Hiring Process For Coaches Concerns Some THS Parents

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Some parents of Topeka High School student athletes spoke out Thursday night, questioning the process of hiring coaches.

The USD 501 board of education approved hiring Hannah Blackburn as the head girls basketball coach at Topeka High. The hiring was a consent item on their Thursday meeting agenda. She coached last year at Atchison County Community High School.

But some parents questioned why assistant coach Eddie Lee was not chosen. One parent told 13 News before the meeting that Lee had more than 20 years experience coaching middle and high school students in the district.

USD 501 spokesperson Ron Harbaugh said district policy is that high school head coaches also have a teaching license. Blackburn will also work as a physical education teacher. However, Harbaugh said he did not know Lee's status and was not commenting directly on the parents' concerns.

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