Santilli to step down as AD

CRYSTAL FALLS—Forest Park Athletic Director Bill Santilli is stepping down from the position, effective at the end of the current school year.
    The announcement was made during the Forest Park School Board meeting Feb. 26.
    In his letter to the board, the long-time varsity football coach said he had thought the job would be “an enjoyable part-time job” when he took it in 2016.
    “Even with a strong background and love of athletics,” he continued, “I had a very difficult time learning the myriad tasks, responsibilities and demands of the job.”
    He asked the board to strongly consider increasing the AD’s pay, noting that the work takes a lot of time and the salary “doesn’t result in reasonable compensation” for the hours worked.
    Board members discussed hiring a full-time elementary physical education teacher who would also double as AD. Superintendent Becky Waters said class numbers are increasing in the elementary grades with two sections, so more PE time is needed.
    Numbers have grown in middle school, also, and Waters said the classes need to be split. A middle school teacher who is certified is doing some PE work now, but “We need him back in the classroom.”
    Waters said Santilli’s resignation gives Forest Park an opportunity “to see what’s out there, to see if we can make it a full-time position for somebody.” In the past, she noted, Dwaine “Dobie” Anderson, a veteran teacher, worked full-time as PE teacher, drivers ed instructor and AD. “It worked out very nice for him.”
    Waters added, “It feels really good to be in a situation where we can do this financially.”