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12/15/04

Coach Alexander's Termination Is Pure Rumor, School Board Says

Discipline, work ethics, team concepts, winning and losing are some of the lessons Moss Point Alderman Tommy Hightower claims kids learn from sports.

That is just one point Hightower brings before the school board and the community to stand behind Coach Alexander.

"As athletic director, I think he's done a really good job," One Moss Point citizen says.

The public shows their support for the coach.

At the same time, the school board assured the crowd the board is not against him.

"We don't know where those erroneous statements came from, but I can assure you there has been no move in this district, by this board, and by this superintendent to terminate the contract of coach Jerry Alexander,"Moss Point School Board President Dr. Mary Carter says.

Superintendent Tressie Harper says the entire ordeal has been nothing but a rumor.

"Anytime you can clarify what has been a misperception, that's a good thing,"Harper says.

Although Coach Alexander doesn't want to say whether or not Harper made any such threats to him.

"I really don't have any comment on that,"Alexander says.

Others at the meeting say the rumors are true, but the time wasn't right for the superintendent to address the board.

" The rumor that was going around was that it was going to happen. The reason it has not been brought before the board yet is because contract times are not available not. It's too early," Alderman John Welch says.

For the citizens, just showing up and voicing their concerns to the board may ensure the issue is never brought up again.

by Jaimee Goad

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