HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio(WDTN) – Friends Huber Heights City Schools Athletic Director Jay Minton is getting support from his community after friends said the long-time school employee was being forced to step down from his role. Friends of the Minton said he was being demoted to a gym teacher at the middle school.
The school board held a special meeting Tuesday night. The lone agenda item was a private executive session where the board would discuss a school district employee or official. No other details of the private discussion were disclosed
While there was no public comment portion of the night’s meeting, supporters of Minton hoped showing up in large numbers would send a message to the school board.
“You don’t reward years of loyalty with this kind of shaft,” Selena Crace, a community member, told 2 News. “He went out in the community and found money for kids to play, individual kids that he knew wanted to be in sports and couldn’t afford it.”
Donnie Evege, a former student athlete at Wayne High School said, “He’s an awesome human being. He was a coach that helped get me to Ohio State University.”
Evege said he enrolled at Wayne High School because of the athletics and academics program Minton put together.
Evege said, “Wayne football is pivital in the state of Ohio and Coach Jay Minton has been a major role in that tradition of excellence.”
Like many supporter of Minton, Evege is unsure what’s happening with Minton’s position.
“If they wanted to change something that he was doing, they should’ve done that along the way and not waited until 20 years in,” Crace said.
Mike White, head bowling coach at Wayne High Schools, said he was blindsided,
“I saw on social media(when I learned about this). It’s like what do you mean? What do you mean? We don’t know. Why did this happen? Where did come from?” White asked.
He said he wished coaches were involved in the conversations about the possible replacement of Minton.
2 News took his questions to the district. The district’s communications specialist Zack Frink told 2 news the district could not comment on personnel issues. He said he also couldn’t answer if anyone would be in the athletic director’s role next school year.
Crace said she was told Minton was forced to write a letter of resignation from his athletic director position. Crace said she wanted to challenge board members to reject that letter. “You were elected by the citizens of Huber Heights to do what’s in the best interest of kids, the best interest of this school district and the best interest of this community,” Crace said.
There was no public decision or announcement about the future of Minton at Tuesday’s meeting. The board is having a public meeting on Thursday where any kind of vote must be made in public.