Greg Rockhold, pictured at his office Thursday, took Mike Luppes' place as Hayden  schools' superintendent July 1. Luppes took the athletics director position.

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Greg Rockhold, pictured at his office Thursday, took Mike Luppes' place as Hayden schools' superintendent July 1. Luppes took the athletics director position.

New athletics director hired

Hayden schools' former superintendent steps up to sports

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— Just two weeks after stepping down as superintendent of Hayden schools, Mike Luppes was hired as the district's new athletics director during a School Board meeting Wednesday evening.

Luppes also was hired in May as the head coach for the boys basketball team.

Hayden School Board President Brian Hoza said the contract would be for one year and that the board hopes to put scheduled check-in procedures in place to "remove the administrators from the situation" of giving their former boss a performance review.

Superintendent Greg Rockhold and high school Principal Troy Zabel said they supported the hiring decision. Zabel said Thursday that the details of the performance review have not been decided, but he is comfortable with the choice.

Also at Wednesday's meeting, the board approved several other hires, including Richard Hagins as transportation director, Jamie Knez as a long-term substitute secretary in the middle school, and Greg Johnson as the varsity volleyball coach. Johnson also was hired as the special education resource teacher at the middle school.

Other new hires for the 2008-09 school year include Zachary Wuestewald for second grade, Keri Luedtke for fourth grade, Sarah Burkhart for a fourth and fifth grade combination class, and Ashley Manning for middle school English.

Luppes retired last year but was hired as boys basketball coach in May and now will take the $23,776 athletics director job for the district. Luppes was out of the state Tuesday and Wednesday and could not be reached for comment.

During Wednesday's meeting, it was announced that the construction of the new vocational building is running over budget due to problems with the sewer system. The board approved an additional $63,027 for the work.

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