Tuesday, October 04, 2011

A Miscarriage of Justice From The BattleGreen + a letter from the Super Intendant

Please read below. I know GDD readers have expressed some action regarding actually blogging again. But first I have a legacy to protect and a gross miscarriage of justice to spotlight. Please read below from a couple of years back. The next sequence I post should hammer home the lack of tact, protocol and timing on behalf of the LHS athletic department. We lost 1....... And for the record Burlington beat Lexington for the first time (twice) last season for the first time in 20 years... The Wussification of America is real, and Lexington is ground zero as the towns pockets swell with money and over anxious parents.

Hello Friends of Lexington High School Basketball, LHS Students, LHS Graduates & People of Lexington:

Coach Bob Farias was told that his contract would not be renewed for next year by the new Lexington Athletic Director (A.D.) and the current LHS Principal and this forced him to resign. The LHS Principal and LHS A.D. forced out the Boys Varsity Hockey Coach John Coughlin (LHS Class of 1981) within last 2 weeks, and now they force out Coach Farias - the best Basketball Coach Lexington has ever had. The people of Lexington should not take this and should demand that the School Committee, Superintendent of Schools, LHS Principal and Athletic Director apologize to Coach Farias for this poor decision, and reappoint him immediately. Coach Farias and his family have recently been devestated by the loss of a beloved Grandson to cancer - Matty was just 5 yrs. old. This has devestated the family emotionally and financially. How does Lexington respond to this? By listening to a a few vocal parents complaining about the Coach's sideline demeanor and removing him from his job. I wonder how the complaining parents would handle the heartache and stress of losing a child that they cared for 5 days a week in their homes? People of Lexington, please demand that your school leadership do the right thing - reappoint Coach Farias with a multiple year contract, let him choose when he really wants to retire, let him recommend who he thinks should replace him (LHS Grad Tom Brincklow Class of 1988 or LHS Grad Tom Sullivan Class of 1978). Also, lets all thank Coach Bob Farias for all he has done for the youth of Lexington and their families as a teacher for many decades at Adams Elementary School, and Lexington High School ACE Program, and as a Basketball Coach that helped former Villanova Coach Rollie Massimino & Former Boys Varsity Coach Stan Boynton for 7 years as Asst. Coach and they won the State Championship in the 70's with Ronnie Lee. Coach Farias then took over the Basketball program and won another State title in 1978. Lexington Boys Varsity & JV Basketball has dominated the Middlesex League for 34 years winning numerous titles & MIAA Tournament births. Coach Farias has helped to fill the LHS gym with thousands of paying fans for over four decades for some of the most exciting and memorable LHS Athletic games. Additionally, thanks to Coach Farias and his staff hundereds of Lexington Boys Basketball Players have went on play college basketball on scholarships and lucrative financial aid packages to elite academeic schools at NCAA Division 1, Division 2 & Division 3 colleges (recent examples Lew Finnegan Caly Poly/Bentley University, Mark MacDonald Brown, James O'Keefe Bates, Dan O'Keefe Bentley University, Ross Dilegro Syracuse, Dane Dilegro UNH & Danny Lawson Bentley University and countless others). On April 19, 1775 The Lexington Minuteman stood up on the Battlegreen against injustice and great odds - we need to do the same thing here for Coach Farias. All those who love Lexington High School, Lexington Basketball, Lexington Athletics and the town itself should stand up now and contact the School Committee, and School Superintendent and demand Coach Farias be restored to his beloved position immediately.

Paul B. Ash, Ph. D., Superintendent (781) 861-2550, ext. 212
e-mail: pash@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us
146 Maple Street, Lexington, MA 02420

To Contact the Schools Committee:
Mail for the School Committee may be sent to:
Lexington School Committee, Lexington Public Schools, 146 Maple Street, Lexington, MA 02420
E-mail may be sent to: school-com@comet.ci.lexington.ma.us

Read more: Farias resigns from basketball coaching position - Lexington, MA - Lexington Minuteman http://www.wickedlocal.com/lexington/archive/x884190134/Farias-resigns-from-basketball-coaching-position#ixzz1ZonIHbii

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