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    Quote Originally Posted by DragonFire View Post
    A press release Lavonda issued through her attorney:

    http://media.graytvinc.com/documents...da+Johnson.pdf
    In every situation of this type there is one side, there is the other side and then the truth lies somewhere in the middle. That said, if anything in this press release is remotely accurate, then the Principal and those who support him need to prosecuted and terminated to the fullest extent. If it is proven to be false narrative, then the same goes for the coach. The two parties have set themselves up for a "death match" in this one.
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    This will be national news

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    Very good. There are two sides to every story.

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    There are two sides to every story and someone is really going to be in trouble when this one plays out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bulldog77 View Post
    In every situation of this type there is one side, there is the other side and then the truth lies somewhere in the middle. That said, if anything in this press release is remotely accurate, then the Principal and those who support him need to prosecuted and terminated to the fullest extent. If it is proven to be false narrative, then the same goes for the coach. The two parties have set themselves up for a "death match" in this one.
    Unless someone has a recording of the meeting she mentioned in her release I've got a feeling the principal is going to deny the "yes" answer she quoted. But if it's recorded or he admits to saying it then he's probably in deep do-do with his career in education.

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    There are so many layers to this. First off didn't she say this was said last year so shes kept it unknown for this time. Secondly if this is proven true that principal won't have a job by the start of school Wednesday.

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    Just a question- were any girls cut from the teams ? Agree that there is 2 sides to every story and the truth usually lies somewhere in the middle but it sure seem like someone is way off in their side of the story.
    I will stay tuned in to this one!

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    BG has been trying to oust her for a couple of years (rumors). But after the admin. fires your coaching staff I would assume you know they're after you. When BG hired Calvin Head in July it became obvious. However, waiting until a couple of days before schools starts, which gives her a near zero opportunity to find another job, is petty.

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    There are two sides to every story, but the truth is not always somewhere in the middle. I hate that saying. It's just not true.

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    LaVonda Johnson was terminated from her position Thursday morning as the girls’ head basketball coach at Bowling Green High School.

    Johnson, who led the program for 10 years, plans to challenge the school district’s decision in court.

    A job posting for the girls’ head basketball coaching position was posted to the Bowling Green Independent School District’s website Thursday. Johnson confirmed to the Daily News shortly after the posting was made that she had been fired from the coaching job.



    BGISD Superintendent Gary Fields said Johnson remains a special education teacher at BGHS.

    “Because it involves a personnel issue and employee’s confidentiality, I can’t comment on anything that deals with personnel issues related to discipline,” Fields told the Daily News in a phone interview. “Coach Johnson is no longer the girls’ basketball coach at Bowling Green High School and we have posted the position and are searching for a new coach at this time.”

    On Thursday afternoon, Johnson issued a statement through her attorney, Jeffrey Walther of Lexington, that claims that after the 2015-16 season, BGISD administration terminated assistant coaches Greg Johnson and Jalyn Savage. Johnson’s statement alleges that during the meeting informing her of the assistants’ terminations, BGHS Principal William King said he wanted the coaching staff and the team to “reflect the diversity of the school” and “when asked whether that meant he wanted more white coaches and white players, he responded ‘yes.’ ”

    The statement also claims that LaVonda Johnson and her assistant coaches were “left with no alternative” and “initiated complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Education, the Kentucky High School Athletic Administration, and other agencies.” The statement goes on to say that “during these investigations we reiterated our desire to sit down and work through the issues. The District has steadfastly refused to talk to us. Given the District’s position, we appear to be left with no alternative but to pursue our rights in court.”

    In a phone interview with the Daily News later Thursday, King refuted Johnson’s description of the meeting that occurred after the 2015-16 season, saying “no, that is not correct.”

    Fields, meanwhile, expressed support for King.

    “I was not part of that meeting that is referenced in the statement,” Fields said. “I will say that Will King has 100 percent of my support as leader at Bowling Green High School and that he has the best interest of every student, student-athlete at the high school and he is doing an outstanding job and I look forward to his continued leadership at the high school.”

    Johnson built Bowling Green into a powerhouse in Region 4 in 10 years at the helm. She won four Region 4 titles and eight straight District 14 championships, compiling a 254-56 overall record. When she took over as coach in 2007, Bowling Green had lost 22 straight games to District 14 opponents.

    Before taking over at Bowling Green, Johnson was head coach for two years at Glasgow High School.





    She hired Greg Johnson, her brother, as an assistant coach upon taking the job. Savage joined the staff in 2013. A source familiar with the situation told the Daily News that while Greg Johnson was in fact terminated, Savage instead resigned voluntarily at the end of the 2015-16 season.

    LaVonda Johnson’s assistants last season were Anthony Hickey Sr. and Chloe Elam.

    The Lady Purples went 21-9 last season with a first-round exit in the Region 4 tournament.

    “I am deeply saddened that I will no longer have the opportunity to work with the student athletes at Bowling Green High School,” LaVonda Johnson said in the statement issued through her attorney. “I will miss everyone connected with the Girls Basketball family, and I wish them all the best of luck in the future.”

    Fields said a new coach will be hired within the next 30 days.

    “We’re excited about the future for the program,” Fields said. “We feel like we’ll be able to find someone to lead it in the next few weeks here and we look forward to a great season.”{&end}

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    Quote Originally Posted by plantmanky View Post
    LaVonda Johnson was terminated from her position Thursday morning as the girls’ head basketball coach at Bowling Green High School.

    Johnson, who led the program for 10 years, plans to challenge the school district’s decision in court.

    A job posting for the girls’ head basketball coaching position was posted to the Bowling Green Independent School District’s website Thursday. Johnson confirmed to the Daily News shortly after the posting was made that she had been fired from the coaching job.

    BGISD Superintendent Gary Fields said Johnson remains a special education teacher at BGHS.

    “Because it involves a personnel issue and employee’s confidentiality, I can’t comment on anything that deals with personnel issues related to discipline,” Fields told the Daily News in a phone interview. “Coach Johnson is no longer the girls’ basketball coach at Bowling Green High School and we have posted the position and are searching for a new coach at this time.”

    On Thursday afternoon, Johnson issued a statement through her attorney, Jeffrey Walther of Lexington, that claims that after the 2015-16 season, BGISD administration terminated assistant coaches Greg Johnson and Jalyn Savage. Johnson’s statement alleges that during the meeting informing her of the assistants’ terminations, BGHS Principal William King said he wanted the coaching staff and the team to “reflect the diversity of the school” and “when asked whether that meant he wanted more white coaches and white players, he responded ‘yes.’ ”

    The statement also claims that LaVonda Johnson and her assistant coaches were “left with no alternative” and “initiated complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Education, the Kentucky High School Athletic Administration, and other agencies.” The statement goes on to say that “during these investigations we reiterated our desire to sit down and work through the issues. The District has steadfastly refused to talk to us. Given the District’s position, we appear to be left with no alternative but to pursue our rights in court.”

    In a phone interview with the Daily News later Thursday, King refuted Johnson’s description of the meeting that occurred after the 2015-16 season, saying “no, that is not correct.”

    Fields, meanwhile, expressed support for King.

    “I was not part of that meeting that is referenced in the statement,” Fields said. “I will say that Will King has 100 percent of my support as leader at Bowling Green High School and that he has the best interest of every student, student-athlete at the high school and he is doing an outstanding job and I look forward to his continued leadership at the high school.”

    Johnson built Bowling Green into a powerhouse in Region 4 in 10 years at the helm. She won four Region 4 titles and eight straight District 14 championships, compiling a 254-56 overall record. When she took over as coach in 2007, Bowling Green had lost 22 straight games to District 14 opponents.

    Before taking over at Bowling Green, Johnson was head coach for two years at Glasgow High School.


    She hired Greg Johnson, her brother, as an assistant coach upon taking the job. Savage joined the staff in 2013. A source familiar with the situation told the Daily News that while Greg Johnson was in fact terminated, Savage instead resigned voluntarily at the end of the 2015-16 season.

    LaVonda Johnson’s assistants last season were Anthony Hickey Sr. and Chloe Elam.

    The Lady Purples went 21-9 last season with a first-round exit in the Region 4 tournament.

    “I am deeply saddened that I will no longer have the opportunity to work with the student athletes at Bowling Green High School,” LaVonda Johnson said in the statement issued through her attorney. “I will miss everyone connected with the Girls Basketball family, and I wish them all the best of luck in the future.”

    Fields said a new coach will be hired within the next 30 days.

    “We’re excited about the future for the program,” Fields said. “We feel like we’ll be able to find someone to lead it in the next few weeks here and we look forward to a great season.”{&end}
    This has been circling for a while, and may get bigger than just girls basketball.

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    Long time coming for LJ. Laundry list of complaints and violations for years. BG will be just fine. To take her statement as proven fact without response from the city is ignorance at its finest. If you want to know the character of LJ, just ask any coach in the 4th region. Seriously, any of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by True blue (and gold) View Post
    There are two sides to every story, but the truth is not always somewhere in the middle. I hate that saying. It's just not true.
    Always? Your are correct. There are no absolutes in a situation such as this. My personal experience tells ME PERSONALLY however that typically, this is the case. So edit my response to say "typically, the truth lies somewhere in between."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow_son4th View Post
    Long time coming for LJ. Laundry list of complaints and violations for years. BG will be just fine. To take her statement as proven fact without response from the city is ignorance at its finest. If you want to know the character of LJ, just ask any coach in the 4th region. Seriously, any of them.
    I don't know any coaches in the 4th region. Care to expound?

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    Her record is impressive (on the court for sure, and the academic success off)…. another school will get a heck of a coach!

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