MT eliminates full-time AD role
Manheim Township School District made what has been called a cost-cutting move on Thursday, when it eliminated the full-time athletic director position.
Kevin Raquet, who served in that role for the last seven years at MT, confirmed the change, according to a report on Pennlive.com.
Township principal Debby Miller, calling the move "a change in our administrative structure,'' told the website that assistant principal for student activities and facilities John Loose also would handle athletic duties.
Loose, whose new title will be athletic facilities and sports management director, said Thursday he'd been told that his new role will be "90 percent athletics and 10 percent administrative.''
"I'll be taking on almost all of the (athletic) duties,'' Loose said. "I'm excited about the prospect of working with the community, the parents and kids, to keep up a good tradition of athletics and maybe try to build on that.''
Manheim Township, as one of Lancaster County's largest school districts, fields a large and diverse athletic program with 22 varsity sports.
Loose is a 1975 Township graduate who played football, basketball and baseball for the Blue Streaks, and is completing his sixth year as assistant principal.
He said his current responsibilities, which include scheduling of nonathletic school events and working with community groups, helped to qualify him for the new role.
Loose added that he was not part of the decision-making process.
"We'll be working through to see if there are areas where we can make changes for the better,'' Loose said.
Efforts to reach both Raquet and Miller were unsuccessful Thursday night.