Losing Coach Fry, Gilmer Co. High School

Losing Coach Fry, Gilmer Co. High School

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Concerned Citizen

Nashville, TN

#1 Apr 3, 2011
To whom it may concern,

Coach Ed Fry has been the head basketball coach at Gilmer County High School for the past 2 years. In that time he has positively affected the lives of students, faculty and community of Ellijay, GA. Coach Fry was recently informed that his teaching and coaching contract would not be renewed due to "reduction in force". He was the only teacher chosen out of 77 teachers at the high school to be terminated. Since this time he has been asked numerous times by the Superintendent, Brian Dorsey to resign. Why would he want to try and force his resignation when he is being let go anyway? Why was he chosen out of all the teachers? There are things that should be known. Coach Fry has helped less privileged students that are important to his heart. He has done many great things in the community that his players can tell you about. He has helped young men become great citizens and future leaders in the community. He has made an impact on everyone who knows him by his passion for young people. He has had tremendous influence over the lives of many in his 30 year career. He has had a stellar career and background. The community should know what kind of person they are losing. This can be stopped! This motion has to be approved by the school Board of Education that will meet Tuesday, April, 12, 2011. There was no criteria for who should be chosen to cut as a part of budget reductions. I feel as many others and parents of students that he was singled out! No one knows why? This is not just a school matter, but a community matter that should be addressed. In these trying times, the last thing we need to lose is a great person who educates and helps childrenÂ’s lives. If you have been affected or have a story of something great he has done, please post. He needs our support. His players are heartbroken and many had to leave school the Superintendent does not know this person and has lived in our area less than 6 months. Please let him know what our coach means to us.

The following link has the board members contact information. They make the final decision.

http://www.gilmerschools.com/education/compon... ;

Sincerely,

Concerned Parent and Citizen
it dont matter

Ellijay, GA

#2 Apr 3, 2011
As I wish talking to BOE would help, that is falling on deaf ears they are nothing but a bunch of pansies and would not stand ip to protect thier own family!

Now for the good news ! Ramford retired but he still is there and running the show pretty much so If Frye can just hang on they won't takes his keys or nothing! If I was him though I would high tail it right out of here as this whole situation is gonna be a SACHS deal before long anyway!

Keep in mind they ALS terminated the only Administator in the Gilmer System with a Doctorate! Why? Because he was on to them and knew that he was smatter than they could handle!

Forget going to this BOE , go to the State level and take complaints straight to SACHS!
Tally Whacker

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Apr 4, 2011
Keep Kouns as the new principlal at CCMS replacing Mr."U" but fire Coach Frye instead? Does that make sense?
it dont matter

Toledo, OH

#4 Apr 4, 2011
Quick - Funny Note - the link to BOE Contacts has not even been updated since election!!!

Now that is transparency for you, they sure want the tax payor voice heard don't they!!!
basketball

Ellijay, GA

#5 Apr 4, 2011
They fired the wrong coach it should have been the girls coach
Tally Whacker

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Apr 4, 2011
Fellow parents you can see that we have more problems with the BOE than just "budget problems".Get out, ask questions of your teachers and the workers that are down in the trenches every day at your child's school.You will find out plenty about what's really going on.
Tally Whacker

Saint Paul, MN

#7 Apr 4, 2011
Hey Basketball, you're about the third person that I've heard make that same comment.can you share this idea with the reat of us? Do you have a daughter that plays?
Rootin Tootin

Ellijay, GA

#8 Apr 4, 2011
it dont matter wrote:
Forget going to this BOE , go to the State level and take complaints straight to SACHS!
Maybe but the real answer is to vote the bums out of office. This is where Gilmer voters fail themselves, their families, the county and a big part of why we're in the mess we're in. Just straight shootin'.
Oakland Charter School

Ellijay, GA

#9 Apr 4, 2011
They are letting seniority rather than performance rule the decision making for who stays and who doesn't. This is why we shouldn't have public schools. The school system will do whatever avoids a lawsuit which would cost the system and us a bunch. Let's privatize the school system and hire only the best!
GHS

United States

#10 Apr 4, 2011
Do any of you even have a child that plays for c. Fry?
Get Real

Elizabethtown, KY

#11 Apr 4, 2011
Why not discuss some of the educators that are being terminated rather than coaches. Let's finally get education FIRST. You jug heads that grew up playing sports and now are still stuck in Gilmer County doing nothing with your life but cheering on the next generation of jug heads need to try educating the children for a change rather than getting then into sports. As far as I know John Davis is the ONLY kid in sports from Gilmer County that ever went anywhere and even he didn't stay in the big time too long. Complain about good TEACHERS being dismissed not just because they are coaches.
Concerned Parent 2

Ellijay, GA

#12 Apr 5, 2011
I am curious if any of the people that are voicing support for Coach Fry have ever had a kid play for him.{That is some of the kids that were not treated well.} He is a nice guy. He in my opinion is not that great of a basketbal Coach. He has had a lot of talent up there in last couple of years, that has not been used to the fullest potential. He was known for disreguarding and underestimating some of the boys. He is a great speaker. Doesn't seem to know the game that well.Since he has been here we have slowed our game down, and we have to run those stupid plays over and over.It is not always fun to watch. He does seem to think highly of himself.... Just sayin...That is my opinion!!
pink

Ellijay, GA

#13 Apr 5, 2011
Get Real wrote:
Why not discuss some of the educators that are being terminated rather than coaches. Let's finally get education FIRST. You jug heads that grew up playing sports and now are still stuck in Gilmer County doing nothing with your life but cheering on the next generation of jug heads need to try educating the children for a change rather than getting then into sports. As far as I know John Davis is the ONLY kid in sports from Gilmer County that ever went anywhere and even he didn't stay in the big time too long. Complain about good TEACHERS being dismissed not just because they are coaches.
There needs to be alot of bad teachers let go!!!Like some of the math teachers at the high school!
happy

Ellijay, GA

#14 Apr 5, 2011
Get Real wrote:
Why not discuss some of the educators that are being terminated rather than coaches. Let's finally get education FIRST. You jug heads that grew up playing sports and now are still stuck in Gilmer County doing nothing with your life but cheering on the next generation of jug heads need to try educating the children for a change rather than getting then into sports. As far as I know John Davis is the ONLY kid in sports from Gilmer County that ever went anywhere and even he didn't stay in the big time too long. Complain about good TEACHERS being dismissed not just because they are coaches.
There have been quite a few people to play basketball in college!
They dont all go pro like John Davis, but get some of there college paid for!!!
Sonny Watkins

Jasper, GA

#15 Apr 5, 2011
Get Real wrote:
Why not discuss some of the educators that are being terminated rather than coaches. Let's finally get education FIRST. You jug heads that grew up playing sports and now are still stuck in Gilmer County doing nothing with your life but cheering on the next generation of jug heads need to try educating the children for a change rather than getting then into sports. As far as I know John Davis is the ONLY kid in sports from Gilmer County that ever went anywhere and even he didn't stay in the big time too long. Complain about good TEACHERS being dismissed not just because they are coaches.
John Davis played 8 years in the pros dumb ass !
R U Serious

Douglas, GA

#16 Apr 8, 2011
Concerned Parent 2 wrote:
I am curious if any of the people that are voicing support for Coach Fry have ever had a kid play for him.{That is some of the kids that were not treated well.} He is a nice guy. He in my opinion is not that great of a basketbal Coach. He has had a lot of talent up there in last couple of years, that has not been used to the fullest potential. He was known for disreguarding and underestimating some of the boys. He is a great speaker. Doesn't seem to know the game that well.Since he has been here we have slowed our game down, and we have to run those stupid plays over and over.It is not always fun to watch. He does seem to think highly of himself.... Just sayin...That is my opinion!!
Amen to that Concerned Parent 2. Could'nt agree more. Should would we even still be discussing this!!!?? Athough i agree he seems to be a good speaker, has no clue how to make adjustments to use what talent that he has or situation that he is in. I'm positive we got sold a bag of garbage and no evidence of backing up what he claims of 30 years exp. Numerous times we've expericenced him totally sitting down & giving up on 20 point(or more) blowout games.Please dont't blame your incompetence on the kids claiming that horrible offense & defense that he runs works, just the kids are not capable of running it. Just hate losing 2 good years of molding talented players together as a team (rather than banking on 1)so that we might actually enjoy watching the GHS boys program again.Thanks but no thanks Coach "FRAUD" but its time to move on.
Go blow your own horn somewhere else!!!
local

Ellijay, GA

#17 Apr 8, 2011
Get real you need to get real. John Davis played severl years in the pros and was in on four super bowls and yes they lost all four but how many did you play in.
basketball

Ellijay, GA

#18 Apr 8, 2011
To Tally Whacker yes i did have a girl that played and she did play so no sour grapes about that. Its just my opinion that he really mistreats the girls. You can have displine without demoralizing the girls. My girl was a starter so i have no complaints about playing time nor am i saying he does not know basketball i'm merely saying these are young girls playing a sport for the fun of it and fellowship with the other girls so lighten up some and let them enjoy the game. He doesn't want to win anymore than the girls themselves do. Some of his antics should not be tolerated. Maybe when his girls are that age he'll understand it.
jsmith

Blue Ridge, GA

#19 Apr 8, 2011
So when it was trying to save Oakland and stop the Restructuring from taking place nobody in town cared because it didn't "affect" them. Guess all those people that were too busy to attend a meeting and show support are wishing now that maybe they had done so. Guess what it does affect you.
And why do they want him to quit (although he's already been RIF'd) because then they won't have to pay unemployment. It saves them money and that is what is important.
Had the support been there we might have made a difference. Now we will all get to experience the pain of the Restructuring. You're losing a coach my children lost their school, their teachers, a reasonable bus ride and a quality education!
Gilmer Man

Ellijay, GA

#20 Apr 8, 2011
Any of yall know the reason why the girls coach was asked to leave the last time he coached here??? LOL. That is something you should look into, and why in the world our school board would bring him back just because he had a decent winning percentage, knowing the accusations against him is lunacy!!!

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