SEYMOUR — The resignation of Tara Yusko as Seymour’s athletic director and middle school assistant principal will become official Monday when the Board of Education meets.
Superintendent of Schools Michael Wilson confirmed Wednesday that Yusko submitted her letter of resignation, but he said in a statement that it “is not official until the Board of Education accepts it at their meeting in February.”
The full board is scheduled to meet Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Chatfield-LoPresti Elementary School on 51 Skokorat Street.
A meeting of the school board’s subcommittee on athletics was postponed Wednesday night — this time because of bad weather — for the second week in a row. A new date has not been set, but presumably the subcommittee will discuss how sports at Seymour public schools will proceed after Yusko leaves.
She has come under fire in recent weeks from parents, student athletes and even a coach over the way Seymour High School athletics have been run this school year. At least two dozen parents and student athletes addressed the Board of Education during its meeting earlier this month. Their complaints included delays in hiring coaches, forfeitures for using ineligible players in girls’ soccer, late arrivals at indoor track meets and a lack of communication between the school, its athletes and its parents.
Parents and athletes of the indoor track team also expressed concern that none of the five coaching positions for outdoor track have yet been filled.
Jennifer Magri, the school board’s chairwoman, told Hearst Connecticut Media that finding coaches has been a challenge.
Troubles with Seymour High sports go back further than this school year. Last May, Tom Lennon, school’s football coach, was placed on administrative leave and the contract of one of his assistants was not renewed. Four others assistant football coaches resigned in solidarity.
The football turmoil stemmed from an investigation that led to the arrest of a former Seymour High player charged with sexually assaulting a teammate. The accused faces charges in juvenile court.
Yusko came to Seymour as its assistant high school principal in 2014 after serving as an English teacher and administrative assistant intern at Lyman Hall High School in Wallingford.
Neither she or Wilson have responded to questions as to who will be serving on an interim basis in her two positions and whether or not she has taken a job elsewhere.
In his statement, Wilson, who came to Seymour on July 1, 2017 after serving as Ansonia’s assistant superintendent for several years, said, “it has been a pleasure working with Ms. Yusko, and on behalf of my Central Office Team, we would like to wish her nothing but the best in her next career opportunity. She is an educational leader who will make a difference in whatever school system she is a part of.”
He commended Yusko for making “a very positive impact on our schools in terms of Academics as well as in Athletics.”
“Under her leadership, our Academic and Athletic programs have grown. We have seen numerous successes in the classroom as well as on the field,” Wilson’s statement reads. “These are highlighted in terms of victories as well as coaching and student recognition for their sportsmanship. Her dedication to Seymour over these last several years in terms of managing two job responsibilities is beyond commendable and for that she will be missed.”
Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified ‘a former Ansonia High player charged with sexually assaulting a teammate.’ He was a Seymour High player. The article has been corrected.