Longtime Clinton coach placed on paid leave

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CLINTON — Longtime Clinton Central School track and field coach Norman P. Deep Jr. was placed on paid administrative leave after a resolution was presented to the Board of Education and approved at its Tuesday, Nov. 16 meeting.

According to documentation provided by the district, the resolution was added to the meeting agenda after an executive session meeting that was held with board members at 5:30 p.m., with the regular public meeting following at 7:30 p.m.

“Norman Deep is placed on paid administrative leave from the duties of coach of the Indoor Track Team for the 2021-22 season, until further notice,” said a statement provided by the school district.

“This does not impact his teaching assignment as a Clinton High School Social Studies teacher.”

The resolution can be found on the school district’s website, www.ccs.edu.

District officials, including Dr. Stephen L. Grimm, superintendent, declined to comment further on the matter.

The resolution presented to Board of Education members for a vote reads as follows:

“Whereas, Norman Deep was appointed as coach of the District Indoor Track Team for the 2021-2022 season; and

Whereas, the District has evaluated certain relevant circumstances known to date, and believes that it is in the District’s and student athletes’ best interests to authorize another individual to coach the Indoor Track Team until further notice; and

Now, therefore, it is resolved, that upon recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, and, as discussed in Executive Session, 

Norman Deep is placed on paid administrative leave from the duties of coach of the Indoor Track Team for the 2021-2022 season, until further notice. While on paid administrative leave Mr. Deep is neither required nor permitted to assume or perform any duties or activities related to the position of Indoor Track Team coach, including as a volunteer or in an unofficial capacity, and he is not to have any contacts or communications with current and/or former District student athletes concerning District athletic programs.  

Further, while on paid administrative leave Norman Deep is not permitted to attend any Indoor Track program activities or events, including practices, although he may attend track meets in which the District participates, as a spectator, with the prior written permission of the Superintendent. Mr. Deep shall fully cooperate with any inquiries made of him by the District relative to the Indoor Track Team and related matters.”

Students held a rally outside the school campus Wednesday, walking the track in protest of the move.

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