Athletic department sees big changes
Todd Moore announced today that he will step away from his position as Molalla River School District athletics director and transfer to another position in the district.
Moore discussed the transfer with Superintendent Tony Mann and Molalla High School Principal Brad Berzinski last week and informed MHS staff and coaches on Thursday, June 27, according to Moore.
In a letter to The Pioneer, Moore listed three factors that went into his decision: his family, his health and his career.
Concerning his family, he said, "This job, in order to do it right, needs someone that can dedicate far more time than I am able to give it at this time. With me living in Salem and my son being a three-sport senior next year, I want to be there for him as much as possible."
In regards to his health, Moore mentioned the stress that comes with serving as athletic director.
"This job can be stressful as high school sports is a very passionate business," Moore said. "Like most of my colleagues in education, we take our jobs seriously and want to provide the best possible experience for the students.
"This can be very stressful," he said, "especially when folks are publicly and unjustly critical of your work."
Moore's decision comes after several passionate parents sent complaints about the athletic department to the school board. Board Vice-Chair Linda Eskridge pointed out that the claims are just that, calling them "hearsay" and wanting more, solid information. Still, the claims captured the board's attention and prompted an investigation into whether complaints have been handled according to policy.
As far as Moore's career goes, at this fork in the road, he said he would like to take his 24 years of education experience and get back into school administration as a principal and then potentially finish out his career as a superintendent.
"Personally, I believe I worked hard and did my best to lead the Athletic Department over the last two years," Moore said. "I believe we have accomplished a lot of great things and set a number of other things in motion that I hope will lead to great outcomes down the road. I hope I left it better than I found it.
"I want to thank the students, coaches, MHS staff, alumni, other district personnel and the parents that have supported me and MHS Athletics during my tenure," Moore said.
The district decided on Thursday, June 27 to eliminate the position of athletic director as a teacher on special assignment, and replace it with a high school associate principal/district athletic director position, which will be filled by Kristen Rott.