Gibson County Football

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CONCERNED PARENT

United States

#1 Feb 24, 2010
Has anyone heard about the GC football coaches resigning because the school, Eddie Pruitt and Robert Gallaway will not support the money side of the sportand are trying to run that school in the ground so that GC south will build!!!
Now i hear that the school is cutting the budget!! I thought that we were going to take care of the kids first!!!
Did we the tax payers not just give Robert Gallaway 15,000,000.00 in the last 2 years!!!!!!
CONCERNED PARENT

United States

#2 Feb 24, 2010
please read the following......it is a text passed around by the student body of Gibson
County High School in silent protest of non-support of the football program as well as the resignation of Coach Jason Dyer and some of his assistants..........As we now all know, Coach Jason Dyer has resigned. Football players have played and practiced in broken helmets and old, tattered safety equipment. The school is not funding the new strength program that the football team has adopted. The weight room not only effects the football players but any other student in a sport or in a class. I can speak for everyone else when I say that coach was pushed to his limit after knowing the school does not support their football team with funding. The student body especially football players are outraged. So as a visual silent protest, I am ordering shirts. They will be black with red print on the front and blue on the back. The front will say We're in "Dyer" need. The back will say We want Coach Dyer back. This is a student moved protest. No teacher or adult is involved with this protest. The student body has made this decision. If you would like a tee shirt, tell me your size and i will tell you the cost. Thanks you guys!!!!!!!!!
DISGUSTED PARENT

United States

#3 Feb 24, 2010
I have a problem with the fact that superintendant Robert Galloway lives in Dyer County, not Gibson County. He is provided a vehicle allowance to drive to his Dyer Co home on Gibson Co taxpayers money is what I heard. He knew the numbers were growing in Medina, it didnt happen overnight. Acquiring the Medina High School was a well thought out and planned scheme. Probably because he has a grandchild in the Medina school. And I think it should be a conflict that his son-in-law is a school board member that not only votes on problems with the school system but also votes on retaining his father-in-law as superintendant!!!!
Just Sayin

United States

#4 Feb 25, 2010
As a tax payers view point, I'm on the schools side. We pay taxes for these kids to get a education,I mean that is the reason we have schools, not for sports. So it looks like he is caring for the kids first.
Times are hard people! Just like in your home, when finances get tight, you cut back. Gibson county has one of the highest unemployment rates in Tn. so that means less people working, less taxes coming in. Maybe if the team was winning games and championships year after year, we the tax payers would be more sympathetic. BTW how silent of a protest is it when your wearing a billboard on your back advertising it?
TAX PAYER

Amory, MS

#5 Feb 25, 2010
As a tax payers view point? I'm a tax payer and that's not may view point!! When is the last time any educational money was even put into athletics anyways. Can someone tell me that please? Uneducated people seem to think that the funding that schools gets go to "dress" a team! All sports that any school has are self managed! The money that they "raise", ticket sells go to them! And that is what they have. There is more to it than what is being said. I have never met a "tax payer" buy a helmet or pair of shoulder pads, basketball, baseball, anything sports related. So you can sing that song somewhere else!

Since: Feb 10

Humboldt, TN

#6 Feb 25, 2010
Coach Dyer we appreciate all you have done for our program and for our team. We do not want you or the other coaches to go. You have fought hard to get the equipment, and improve the weight room--these are things our players need to be competitive and to improve. We applaud you for trying to get what they need to be successful. It is sad when the GCHS website features a principal who says, "At Gibson County High School, we are in pursuit of excellence in all things", while not supporting our coach or approving the budget for the team. We are not talking about extras, we are talking about basics, relacement equipment, field supplies, including fertilizer--the money for the band to go to the games comes out of the football budget, for heaven sake.
Coach Dyer has done the best he can with what he has been given. We appreciate your heart, your committment, and your willingness to teach our young men about life as well as football. WE ARE IN DIRE NEED OF COACH DYER.
frmr footballer

United States

#7 Feb 26, 2010
anyone who has met coach dyer knows he is a mild mannered,respectful and intelligent guy. in no way can the football team's losing record be blamed on him. that problem was there waaaay before him. hell doesnt GC own the state's worst win-loss record? The school is not looking out for its players or children in general. How would you fell if you had to play the sport you loved to play and practice in subpar equipment? broken helmets, ratty pads, holey pants. I played 4 years and sold more than my share of fundraisers to earn what little we had. I visited the football team a few months ago and they were still using the tattered plyo bags and equipment i was hurdeling in 2005! after all this is the SAME school that just had a HUGE multi-million dollar rennovations, AG improvements and various other things funded
Roadhouse 227

Union City, TN

#8 Feb 26, 2010
I've always liked Coach Dyer although I don't know him that well. I also think a lot of Mr. Galloway, and the school board members seem to be nice people. To their, they did spend some money last year to purchase the rights to an offensive system championed by a guy who used to coach at Auburn I think. They recognized the brutality of GC's district and agreed with Coach Dyer's idea on how to get an edge. It didn't work out this past season, and I heard a lot of people say GC just didn't have the quickness or athleticism to pull off the spread offense. For Coach Dyer's sake, I wish he had held off on taking a head coaching job because he never had a chance to be competitive at GC, not because of the administration, but because of the lack of football talent. I hope his lack of success with the Pioneers doesn't keep him from getting head coaching looks from other schools. Then again he could be the kind of guy who is better suited as a top assistant. As far as monetary fairness goes, GCHS has a football field, baseball field, softball field and soccer field on campus. At South Gibson, the school board has given limited financial help to the city of Medina in building a park that will have baseball, softball and soccer fields, but the city will give the schools full use of the facilities. The board is pretty much asking the school's booster club to come up with the money to build a field, which is an unreasonable request. The SG gym is one of the nicest around though. They should be hosting tournaments in the next year or so.

Since: Feb 10

Smyrna, TN

#9 Feb 26, 2010
Roadhouse 227 being a Christian, I think it would be wise for me not to comment on your remarks regarding the talent pool at GCHS. It is obvious that you are from South Gibson, and you all have enough problems without commenting on the level out talent at GCHS. Coach Dyer is an excellent coach. Let's keep the topic of conversation focused on the real issue.
DISGUSTED PARENT

United States

#10 Feb 26, 2010
Yea Roadhouse, you would be happy that all the money is funneling to south gibson county. Why would it not, all of Robert Galloway's family is over there. Son-in-law school board member that decides his job future. Daughter that works for the system, and grandchildren that go to school over there also. Come on people lets get to the real fact that we have lots of people in this school system that don't even live in this county but love spending our tax money whereever they choose. It's time to get rid of some of these dead beats that only think about their selves.
Coach Dyer is a great coach and will be missed unlike Galloway, Pruitt, Tignor, Rogers which would NOT!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Feb 10

Cottage Grove, TN

#11 Feb 26, 2010
My biggest concern with the football issue is that students (who CHOOSE to hold a PEACEFUL SILENT PROTEST by holding a sign or by wearing a t-shirt in support of Coach Dyer at a ballgame) have the right to FREEDOM OF SPEECH, but I hear that right has been violated by a threat (of suspension and/or being arrested) from the administration of GCSSD.

People, we live in America, and GCHS students have protection under the United States Constitution:
"Amendment 1 - Freedom of Religion, Press, Expression. Ratified 12/15/1791.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."

Beyond that...the RIGHT TO PROTEST which was codified by the First Amendment and upheld over time is one of our most basic rights as Americans: the right to assemble, protest, and petition. I back those students who want Coach Dyer back and commend them for standing up to "the man!"

Injustice is NEVER ACCEPTABLE! Stand strong, GCHS Students!
Roadhouse 227

Memphis, TN

#12 Feb 26, 2010
Ha ha! I'm not from South Gibson. I live in Milan, home of the four-time state football champs and three-time runners-up. Hey, your girls' basketball team is legit though. Go Lady Pioneers!
parent

United States

#13 Feb 26, 2010
Go Lady Pioneers
tax payer

United States

#14 Feb 26, 2010
School Board, How can you pay an athletic director the salary of a principal when he has very little responsibility? Maybe his salary could be used for the program.
former band parent

Bedminster, NJ

#15 Feb 26, 2010
BEACHISBEST ... I am sorry to inform you of this, but you are wrong. ALL the money that is paid out for the band`s travel expenses comes out of their budget. NOT FOOTBALL! We work VERY VERY hard on all our fundraisers to make sure we have the needed funds for the school year ... not football.
Kim Johnson

Humboldt, TN

#16 Feb 26, 2010
All I can say to the comments are WOW!!!! It's about time people spoke out about our school's administration system. I'm only sorry it took a football issue to bring it to light. I only wish people voiced and felt this strongly about our children's education!!!! Those with and without disabilities!!!!!! BTW....Coach Dyer is an absolute angel and one stand up guy!!!!! He bent over backwards to help my son w/Autism and became a very close to him. He made sure he took time out of his day, everyday to work out in the gym with him. I will NEVER forget him for that!!!!!!
Parent

Erin, TN

#17 Feb 26, 2010
Former Band Parent- Things must have changed because the money to bus the band students now does come from the football fund. this info came straight from the principal and the athletic director! Im not really sure where it came from in the past but now that is where it comes from now. It may be one of those things that have been coming from both budgets! I know the band works very hard to raise money and sure that they do not know where this money is coming from as noone did til just a few days ago.
Parent

Erin, TN

#18 Feb 26, 2010
Roadhouse- what kind of person puts down the talent of a child? As far as GCHS is concerned- they do not have to win a football game- THEY ARE WINNERS ANYWAY WITH THE RELATIONSHIP THAT THEY HAVE WITH THEIR COACH AND TEAM MEMBERS! There is more to a game or team than winning!!!!
Roadhouse 227

Memphis, TN

#19 Feb 27, 2010
My intentions aren't to put down the talent of any child. I re-read my earlier post and see where you're coming from. I apologize. I agree that if the kids are working hard on and off the field, learning the game and the other important lessons sports teach such as teamwork, respect and persistence, the school has built a successful program. Unfortunately for every parent or fan that believes in the value of sports regardless of wins, there are many more who gripe and complain when their kids' teams aren't winning.

Since: Jan 10

dyer

#20 Feb 27, 2010
my son graduated from gc in 2008 and he was on the football team for three years. i was proud of the whole team, win or lose. these kids deserve our support winning season or not. as for the band, one school activity is not more important than the other. it seems to me like south gc is suddenly more important than any other school and thats just not right.its very sad that the kids have to suffer for grown up issues.as parents we should be proud of our KIDS no matter what activities they are involved in, football, b-ball, drama, band, whatever.all three of my kids graduated from gc and i am very proud of that.

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