Springfield supporters plan to march in support of his nomination to be new Jaffrey-Rindge activities director

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/16/2019 2:57:16 PM

Residents of Jaffrey and Rindge turned out in large numbers to a School Board meeting on Monday in support of the district’s current athletic director, David Springfield.

Starting this year, Springfield’s part-time athletic director position, which he has held the last two school years, will be folded into a full-time activities director position. The activities director would be in charge of all clubs and activities at the school, not just sports. When rumors began to emerge that the district was nominating a candidate other than Springfield, parents and residents of the district began to organize to support him.

During Monday’s meeting, about 50 people, including students and adults, attended the meeting to speak in support of Springfield. While the School Board discussed several other position nominations on Monday, the activities director was not one of them.

School Board Vice-Chair Charlie Eicher, who was the acting chair for Monday’s meeting, said the board has not yet received any nominations for the position from the district Superintendent Reuben Duncan.

Eicher said the board doesn’t have any knowledge of who has applied for the position, or any information about them, and won’t until an official nomination is made.

“I informed the people at the meeting last night we’re not discussing it because we don’t have a nomination to discuss,” Eicher said. “As far as the board was concerned, there is no action to take yet.”

Residents who turned out to Monday’s meeting said they’re prepared to go back and speak on Springfield’s behalf as many times as it takes – and to make their support known in other ways, including a protest march planned to take place from the school to Main Street on April 27.

Tara Olson of Rindge, who is organizing the march, has worked alongside Springfield as a volunteer photographer for the school’s sports teams.

“He’s been incredible,” Olson said. “Sports hasn’t been this way for many years. If he wants it, I don’t know why he wouldn’t get the job.”

Olson said the School Board has refused to discuss the issue, and when she requested to meet with the committee reviewing applicants for the position to express her support for Springfield’s application, she was told she could only meet once a nomination was made.

“What actions do we have to take to get them to start listening to us?” Olson said.

Judy Ouellette of Jaffrey also attended Monday’s meeting and said Springfield has coached one of her children and all of her grandchildren.

“He does a phenomenal job in helping these young people become mature adults,” she said.

Bernie Hampsey of Jaffrey, another Springfield supporter, said even with the increase in responsibilities in the job, Springfield was more than qualified to take it on.

“He could more than handle it,” Hampsey said.

Hampsey’s son, Kevin Hampsey of Jaffrey, began circulating a petition in support of Springfield, which now has over 100 signatures, Bernie Hampsey said and will continue to circulate until the board is prepared to review a nomination for the position.

“We’ll bring it back to them, and hopefully have them do the right and just thing,” Hampsey said. “Which is to give the job to David.”

Springfield’s supporters are planning a protest march on April 27 at 9 a.m., starting at Conant High School and marching to Main Street.

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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