SYRACUSE — After several meetings, an agreement was reached and Jon Everingham will remain as the boys basketball coach for Wawasee High School. He will no longer be the director of the Pathways program, also known as the career and technical education program, a cooperative based at Wawasee.
Instead, Everingham will oversee the internships of the CTE students. Tye Bloomfield, who previously held that position, will be reassigned as a teacher at the high school. A new Pathways director has not yet been named.
The agreement is pending school board approval, but Dr. Tom Edington, superintendent of the Wawasee Community School Corporation, said he does not anticipate any problems with approval being granted.
Edington admitted there were communication problems. Originally he had recommended the contract for Everingham not be renewed because he felt Everingham needed more time to focus on a growing Pathways program.
There was confusion at the last school board meeting April 16 when a few supporters of Everingham showed up to voice their support. Edington had assumed it was understood even before the April 16 board meeting a new contract would not be offered, but that wasn’t clearly communicated.
“Communications had not taken place like I thought they did,” he frankly said. “People had a right to be upset. We should have worked through things differently.”
Everingham said he had remained quiet about his contract situation because he wanted to focus on finding a positive solution to the problem. He said he has a passion for coaching basketball and also has a passion for the Pathways program, which he said has seen tremendous growth in recent years. “I felt I needed to step back from that (Pathways),” he said, noting also family responsibilities with a wife and children.
Coaching basketball is almost a year round endeavor with off season workouts, AAU games and more.
He said he and his family are thankful for the “outpouring of support” shown to them, especially on social media. “I am happy with the outcome of this,” he said.