The Board of Trustees for Lexington School District Four met last night and invited Mr. Gregory Wright to address the Board during executive session concerning his employment as the Swansea High Football Coach after Mr. Wright sought to address the Board through the District’s grievance policy. The District’s grievance policy was not applicable to Mr. Wright’s concern; however, the Board, understanding the community’s interest in this matter, agreed to hear from him. At the conclusion of the meeting, Board Chair Doris Simmons issued the following statement, explaining that the Board would not take further action:
During this evening’s executive session, the Board heard from Coach Gregory Wright regarding his concerns relating to his removal as the football coach for Swansea High. Because the Board has delegated decisions regarding coaching positions to the administration in accordance with Board policy, the Board has no official role in this matter and will not take any further action at this time. However, the Board agreed to meet with Coach Wright to hear any concerns he might have relating to the process and the administration’s decision. The Board understands the community’s interest in this matter and appreciates the phone calls, emails, and correspondence asking the Board to hear from Coach Wright. In hearing from Coach Wright, please know that the Board takes personnel concerns seriously and strives to ensure that all employment decisions made by the administration and the Board act to serve the best interests of our students.
Coach Eric Pack will lead the Swansea Tigers as interim Head Football Coach for the 2018 campaign. Coach Pack has been an integral part of Swansea Athletics the past 13 years, serving as an assistant varsity football coach and as head junior varsity and middle school football coach during his tenure. Under his leadership the Swansea Wrestling program has won five region championships and, most recently, won the 2018 South Carolina Lower State Championship. Swansea High School Principal Shaun Jacques shared, “Coach Pack is passionate about our student athletes and the Swansea Tradition. We have a great group of young men and we are excited to see Coach Pack and the team continue to exhibit the ‘Pride, Class, Character, and Will to Win’ that makes Swansea great!” Coach Pack stated, “The Swansea ‘Block S’ represents a special family of players, coaches, parents, and community who have a deep passion and pride for our Tigers. I am committed to working with our team to continue the tradition of Swansea football this year.”
Current players attending summer workouts and their parents were notified on June 28th after Coach Pack was appointed to take over the program. The first day of practice for the 2018 season will be July 27th. Lexington Four is looking forward to a successful year for its student athletes under Coach Pack’s direction and wishes them a safe and prosperous season this fall.
Mr. Wright’s counsel, Lewis Cromer, filed and served a lawsuit this morning, naming the District and multiple individuals, including District employees and parents. The District and its attorneys will not provide comment with regard to the pending litigation; however, any filings submitted on behalf of the District and its employees are a matter of public record.