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UCHS Athletic Director Placed on Paid Administrative Leave

The School District has placed Chad Kish, the Athletic Director at the High School on paid administrative leave.

The University City School District has placed University City High School Athletic Director Chad Kish on paid administrative leave.

In an email to University City Patch, Linda Russell, the communications director for the school district said "Yes, Mr. Kish is on paid administrative leave. It does not involve students."

University City Patch was informed of the situation via an email from a student at the high school.

The student was informed of Kish's leave today, no reason was given for placing Kish on paid leave.

This is Kish's first year as athletic director of UCHS, after spending last school year in the same position at Riverview Gardens High School. Before Riverview, Kish spent five years as an associate basketball coach at Mineral Area College in Park Hills, Mo. 

In an interview , Kish said that he sometimes missed the coaching scene, but said he felt he was making more of an impact on students thought his position at UCHS.

"I miss the competition and preparing for a game," he said. "But the thing I enjoy most about this job is that instead of having an impact on a single team, you have 300 to 400 kids per season that you relate to on a daily basis and that's why you coach."

kim Hampton May 13, 2011 at 02:15 AM
Ofcourse you won't say why he was put on leave and of course you would put him on "PAID" leave. He's male and caucasion. Get it together University City......take back your schools...the children are the reason and they deserve better!!!!!
Linda Reimann May 13, 2011 at 03:11 PM
What is going on in our school district - especially the high school? The principal, the athletic director - major administrative positions that have both been put on leave - with the Principal now leaving for another school.... Or perhaps this being put on paid leave is nothing new - its just that we are now hearing about it with Patch up and running? I find it distressing that we can't seem to find good people and keep them - and that we pass over good internal candidates (who have already proven themselves trustworthy) in favor of outsiders. And as mentioned above the kids suffer. I hope the superintendent will address the school community about how we can turn this around - people, not buildings, really make the educational environment. I'm grateful for the long overdue focus on buildings, but with the constant turnover in administration we risk losing good teachers and any progress we may be making. This issue deserves as much or more attention as the facility re-building and renovation. The capital is wasted if we can't find decent leadership.
Holston Black Jr. May 13, 2011 at 10:15 PM
I appreciate the school administration informing us, through the Patch about personnel being placed on administrative leave with pay. Of what value is it, we don't know any particulars, and according to the laws can't be told? This information may as well be locked away in a safe, somewhere, because all it does is raise questions with no answers.

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