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Turpin decides to continue on as boys basketball coach

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According to a statement released by St. Croix Central math teacher Zach Turpin on Thursday, May 10, Turpin has decided to stay on as SCC head boys basketball coach.

"I just want to make it clear that I have not resigned my position as SCC's head boys basketball coach. Our intention at the board meeting was not to bash the administration or our district in any way, and I do not want to see our community do so either," Turpin said. "There are some concerns that we as a coaching staff wanted to address with the school board, and we appreciate their willingness to hear us out. I feel that our administration has listened and has already begun to make some positive changes."

Turpin went on to say that, through further conversations outside of the board meeting with administration, he has begun to feel more comfortable with the direction that the program is taking. That was one of the main reasons he decided to stay on as boys basketball coach.

"I still believe our district is one of the greatest places to work and want to see us continue to grow and improve," Turpin said. "I greatly appreciate all the support I've received in this process. It has just reaffirmed my belief in this district and community. I feel very fortunate and proud to be a part of St. Croix Central.

"There is still a lot of work to do, but I am looking forward to the opportunity to continue on as the boys basketball coach."

Superintendent Tim Widiker released the following on behalf of the school board and administration about the May 7 board meeting and the coaching staff's presentation:

"Meaningful communication about how to make our programs better is always good practice. There were some good questions raised from the coaches that we will work cooperatively to answer in the upcoming months. Those questions included 1) How does SCC define success? and 2) What are the procedures for working with parent complaints?

Many of the comments made by coaches who spoke that night involved personnel concerns discussed individually. Although it is their right to share those comments in public, the District respects each individual's privacy and does not discuss personnel matters in public forums.

"We will continue to listen to all concerns and work to make the best decisions for all stakeholders and honor the vision and mission of the district. There were some valuable lessons learned from this process and we are focused on moving forward together in a positive direction."

Jordan Willi
Jordan Willi is a reporter for the New Richmond News. Previously, he worked as a sports reporter at the Worthington Daily Globe in Worthington, Minnesota. He also interned at the Hudson Star Observer for two summers and contributed to the Bison Illustrated sports magazine at North Dakota State University.
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