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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Board switches lawn service, dismisses coach Motsinger

  • The Carrier Mills-Stonefort school board changed its contracted mowing service and dismissed Mark Motsinger from the position as head coach of the varsity basketball team.
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  • The Carrier Mills-Stonefort school board changed its contracted mowing service and dismissed Mark Motsinger from the position as head coach of the varsity basketball team.
    This year two contractors put in bids to provide mowing service at the elementary and high school properties, Cranks Lawn Service and Dexter’s Lawn Care. Crank’s service had provided the lawn mowing services last year and the board was vocal in their approval of his service. However, Dexter’s Lawn Care, owned and operated by Dexter Parks, put in a bid of $250 per mowing which was $25 lower then Crank’s bid. After discussion, the board opted to accept Park’s bid of $250 per mowing for the school properties.
    “After what we had to do at the last meeting, we owe it to the taxpayers to choose the lower bid,” New board member Zach Rister stated. Rister was referring to the board having to honorably dismiss six teachers for budget reasons at the recent special meeting.
    After questions about ensuring a clause in the mowing contract that allowed the board to terminate the contract if not satisfied with job performance, the board, in a split vote, accepted the bid of Dexter’s Lawn Care.
    In an unexpected move following closed session, the board voted to terminate Mark Motsinger as head varsity basketball coach.
    Superintendent Richard Morgan would not comment on the closed session discussion other than to say that the board expressed a desire to “Go in another direction” with coaching in the future.
    Also following closed session the board:
    n Accepted the four-year notice of resignation of Terry Prather, high school English teacher.
    n Accepted the resignation at the end of the school year of Montana Isom, teacher’s aide at the elementary school.
    n Approved Ryan Beck as junior high school softball coach. Beck has assisted coaching with the softball team for several years previously.

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