WHITEHALL -- Whitehall Board of Education President Virginia Rivette said on Friday that the school board’s decision to fire football head coach Justin Culligan was contrary to a recommendation by Superintendent Liz Legault.
In an email, Rivette said Legault had recommended that Culligan be allowed to finish out the season as head coach. Rivette said that the community was told that the Superintendent had recommended the firing of Culligan, and that that has created a problem for Legault.
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“I believe the community thinks that the Superintendent made the recommendation during our meeting of October 20, 2014, to terminate Coach Culligan immediately and made the same recommendation in our meeting of last evening,” Rivette’s statement said. “Hence, I believe that the community should be advised that it was not the Superintendent’s recommendation but, instead, the decision of the Board to fire Coach Culligan at this point in time.”
Culligan was fired on Monday, two days after a game against Rensselaer was marred by a brawl. The board met again on Thursday night and declined to rescind Monday’s decision.