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Pine Tree ISD to hold meeting Friday to discuss possible resignation of athletic director

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The Board of Trustees will meet on Friday afternoon. The Board of Trustees will meet on Friday afternoon.
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On Tuesday, the Board of Trustees at Pine Tree Independent School District posted a notice of a special meeting scheduled for Friday at 3 p.m. where they will consult with their attorney on a settlement agreement and the resignation of Coach Derek Fitzhenry.

This comes after Fitzhenry was suspended earlier this year for an unknown incident during halftime at a pine tree football game, and then brought into the spotlight when the district said he changed the student athletic handbook without their approval.

The news of a discussion regarding a settlement and the coach's resignation comes after a five hour board meeting that took place Monday night where members announced that they had not made any decisions.

That meeting included two public comments from concerned fathers.

The first, a Pine Tree alum who says he has four children enrolled in the district and a daughter who recently graduated from Pine Tree High School

"She's commented several times about how her first semester at A&M is not actually as hard as her high school career. So I think that speaks volumes about our school system," said Rob Wallin.

And while Wallin said that says something about the district, he says recent allegations surrounding Coach Fitzhenry are also sending a message.

"As a graduate and former athlete who tried to represent Pine Tree well during my time as a Pirate and a Mud Dog, disappointment and embarrassment and the actions and decisions of our current AD does not even come close to describing my emotions," said Wallin. "I would hope we would expect more from a person holding this respected position and speak out against allowing him to continue making a mockery of this school and its athletic program."

Another parent who also teaches in the district stepped forward speaking on behalf of what he says has been the silent majority.

"Everybody wants answers as to what has transpired over the last few weeks," said Todd Guest. "Ask yourself, would you move to the Pine Tree Independent School District if you were new to town?"

And with that, Guest asked the board for one thing.

"We are asking you to resolve the issue. Whatever it is, whatever your decision is, come to a decision and let that decision be final. Don't let the fear of making the wrong decision keep you from making the right decision."

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