Petition throws supports behind current Jaffrey-Rindge athletic director

  • Dave Springfield Courtesy photo—

  • Conant athletic director Dave Springfield celebrates his son Peyton's 1,000th career basketball point in February. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/10/2019 8:34:44 PM

A petition is circulating the Jaffrey-Rindge community to support the school district’s current athletic director, who may not have a job with the district next school year.

Jaffrey resident Kevin Hampsey said Tuesday it has been brought to his attention that the school board may be nominating someone other than current Athletic Director David Springfield to the new full-time activities director position.

Hampsey and others in the community have created a petition to show support for Springfield, and ask that the district reconsider naming someone else to the position should that be the case.

“Stuff like this is important to a small town,” Hampsey said, regarding Springfield’s local ties. “Basketball is a big thing in this town, it always has been in Jaffrey. The last couple years we have had some really good sports teams and we can attribute that to him.”

Hampsey said his petition has more than 50 signatures, and that other petitions are also being circulated.

“Unless you are being asked to leave because you haven’t done a good job, you would think it’s more of a formality,” Hampsey said. “He cares about the kids. He bleeds black and orange.”

Neither Superintendent Reuben Duncan or Springfield would confirm that someone else was nominated for the position.

Duncan, in an email Wednesday, said the name of the candidate will be made public when it is placed on the school board’s agenda as a nomination.

The nomination will not appear on the board’s April 15 meeting unless it is added that evening, Duncan said.

Springfield, a Conant High School graduate, has been the district’s athletic director for the past two school years.

As a student, Springfield was a part of the Orioles’ first basketball championship team in 1985.

He has coached Conant girls’ basketball – leading the team to an undefeated championship season in 2015 – and ConVal girls’ soccer.

The 2019-20 school year will be the first time the district has had a full-time person to oversee athletics and activities.

Currently, the district utilizes a part-time athletic director position but the district will shift to a full-time activities director position next school year.

Part of the reason why the district has shifted to a full-time position is to help prevent turnover, as eight people including Springfield have filled the role dating back to 2007.

“It’s possible that a new person could come in and be really great at it, who knows?” Rindge resident Dennis Casey said. “It’s a continuation of the turnover in the position, that’s the concern I would have.”

Casey, who has been working with the Conant Athletics Booster Club since its inception, said it is sometimes challenging to have to continually build rapport with new athletics directors just to have them leave within few years.

“If the current athletic director isn’t selected, we would be in the same situation as previous years – having someone for two to three years then have someone else come in,” Casey said.

Prior to Springfield, former Mascenic Regional High School Principal Thomas Marshall served as an interim director during the final months of the 2016-17 school year.

Current Rindge Recreation Director Dan Bemis served in the role from Aug. 2015 to March 2017. Bemis said he left the position because he needed a full-time job.

Nicholas Handy can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 235 or nhandy@ledger transcript.com.


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