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As someone who has known John Floyd since we were both small boys playing football in my aunt’s front yard, competing against each other on the Little League diamond, playing side by side on the football field in high school, and as someone who watched his successful college career at ECU and his very successful coaching career afterward, I was elated when I read he had been hired as athletic director once again at West Brunswick. I knew he had finally come home to what he loved.
As happy as I was, imagine how dismayed I felt when I read this week’s article concerning the school board’s decision not to approve his employment. Talk about the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.
I hope the Brunswick County School Board appreciates the roller-coaster ride John and his family have been on the last few weeks and offers an explanation to him when they meet on Aug. 26 to approve the recommendation to hire him.
Whatever the board’s reasons are for not initially approving his employment, they are not mine or anyone else’s outside of John, his family and the board’s business. However, as Michael Paul stated in his column, he definitely deserves an explanation, and in my opinion, deserves an apology from the person or persons who created this mess.
One thing is for sure. You will not find someone who will be more dedicated to and do everything he can to bring West Brunswick athletics back to the high standard the school enjoyed a few years ago.
My hope is one day John will truly come home and bring our old school back to where it once was. He deserves to be somewhere where he is wanted. He deserves better.