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Valdosta residents expect to discuss Rodemaker at the open forum

Posted at 6:18 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 18:26:58-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — Parents, students and school leaders in Valdosta are having what the school district calls an open conversation.

The superintendent and principals from every school are part of that conversation.

While there is no formal agenda, one issue that's fired a lot of people up is the vote to fire head football coach, Alan Rodemaker.

The board has now voted twice NOT to renew his contract, set to expire in June.

Earlier this month, the board voted 5-4 to reaffirm their original decision to relieve Rodemaker of his coaching duties.

Rodemaker told ABC 27 that he was hiring lawyers, and would fight the decision.

In four seasons as head coach of the Valdosta High School football team, Rodemaker was 36 and 17 and won a State Championship in 2016.

The team was 10 and three this past season, and there were no reprimands on his personnel file.