COACH STAYS: Iraan-Sheffield ISD School Board takes no action on Athletic Directer and Head Coach Matt Luddeke


Following a 90-minute closed session, the Iraan Iraan-Sheffield ISD School Board took no action on the employment contract of athletic director and head football coach Matthew Luddeke at its Monday, April 11 meeting. 

An agenda item read: "Take action, as appropriate, on Athletic Director’s employment agreement."

According to CBS 7, nearly 20 parents and players attended the meeting, with all who spoke voicing support of the coach. 

On May 8, School Board President Steve Garlock declined to comment on the agenda item, citing confidentiality of personnel matters. 

Luddeke is in his first year at Iraan High School. His led the team through its worst record in school history, going 0-11. The football program also has record low numbers, suiting up as few as 12 players for a game, while finishing another with only 10 players on the field. 

The district has seen a dramatic drop in enrollment and last year made extensive cuts to its budget and staff amid budget deficits. 

Luddeke declined comment on the matter prior to the meeting.

An e-mail was sent to Superintendent Michael Meeks this afternoon (May 8) asking if any complaints had been filed against Luddeke, or if disciplinary action had been taken, and is awaiting a response.

A review of agendas for the board meetings found no such items. 

Meeks, who is retiring, will head his final two meetings on Monday, May 11 and Thursday, May 14. 

The board did not take action on hiring a superintendent. That is expected to happen at the Thursday, May 14 meeting. The lone finalist is Dr. Tracy Canter, currently the Executive Director of Special Services in Ector County ISD.

On May 8, The Pioneer sent e-mails seeking comment on the matter to School Board President Steve Garlock, and board members Basil Ramirez, Margaret Holmes, Jerry Carter, Tory Cox, Jeffery McMahon, and Preston Villanueva.

Garlock responded via email at 4:45 p.m.:

"I am not liberty to discuss personnel with anyone due to privacy rights."

The Pioneer is awaiting other responses and will update the story. 

Here is the Agenda:

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Iraan-Sheffield ISD will be held May 11, 2020, beginning at 6:00 PM in the Administration Building, 100 S. Farr St., Iraan Texas 79744.
The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are as listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the order shown on this meeting notice.
Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time.
Call to Order
Roll Call
Recognition of Visitors - Public Forum
Approval and/or Correction of Minutes of the Regular Meeting of April 13, 2020 and the Special Meetings of April 6, 7, 8, 20, 21, and 22, 2020

Consent Agenda: The items on the consent agenda require routine board action. All items on this portion of the agenda can be adopted with one motion/second and majority of a quorum of trustees. Any trustee can move on items from the consent agenda for a separate discussion and vote. Discussion/Action

A. Business Office Issues and Reports

  1. Accounts Payable
  2. Cash Position/Investment Report
  3. Budget Status Report
  4. Tax Report
  5. Work Order Report
  6. Transportation Report
  7. Enrollment

VII. Reports from Staff: Principals and Directors may make reports of a general nature on the operation of their area of responsibility. Items of particular public interest will be posted individually.

VIII. Old Business
A. Bond Project Update

IX. New Business A. Personnel
1. Resignations
2. Recommendations for New Hires
3. Discussion and Possible Action on Retirement Agreement for Michael Meek

4. Athletic Director Employment Agreement
a. Closed Session: Discussion of Athletic Director employment agreement, pursuant to Tex. Gov’t Code §551.074.
b. Open Session: Take action, as appropriate, on Athletic Director’s employment agreement

B. Consider and Approve Amendment No. 2 to AVL Agreement 1059 with East Pecos Solar 1, LLC.
X. Adjourn