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Chappaqua Superintendent Urges Patience With Coach's Leave

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y. - Superintendent Lyn McKay is asking for patience in handling the undisclosed leave of Horace Greeley High School football coach Bill Tribou, whose absence has been protested by many community members.

"Our coach is still on leave," McKay said. "And parents and players are worried and they really want to know the status and we understand that. Although, out of respect for our employee, we don't talk about people who are on leave."

With legal reasons leaving McKay able to speak only in vague terms, the superintendent broke down how leaves are typically handled by the district, including a leave resulting from disputes with the school system.

McKay said in disciplinary cases, the extended leave depends on whether two sides are able to reach a settlement. If, or when, a settlement is reached, the leave generally ends. If no agreement is reached, however, a hearing officer will make a decision, which McKay said typically takes months.

"A fair process isn't necessarily a quick process," she said. "And though a speedy outcome might seem to be a benefit, it may not always be compatible with a dual mission to do what's right for the individual and what's right for the district. And so we ask, even though it's sometimes hard, to try and be patient along with us."

McKay said pre-season training and bi-weekly workout sessions have and will continue with assistant coaches Dave Boniello and Tim Sullivan taking the lead. Also helping prepare the team for the 2012 season is Mike Aidala, a coach with Next Level Speed. Aidala is helping with strength training and will also run the team's annual strong man competition in June.

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