TUTTLE — A night set up to be both dramatic and emotional for Tuttle football fans turned out to be only one of the two.
Drama was absent but emotions were strong as the Tuttle board of education unanimously voted during a special meeting Friday night to officially accept the resignation of football coach Philip Koons.
Board president Karen Osborn wept at times while reading a written statement accepting Koons’ resignation. She said Koons had contacted the board asking them not to overturn his resignation.
About 50 people crowded into the Tuttle administration building, many of them listening to the proceedings from the lobby through the open board room door. Several of them were there in support of Koons.
A Facebook group had been formed earlier in the week to show support for getting the coach reinstated, and a few people left hastily after the announcement that Koons’ resignation had been accepted.
“As a board, we have to respect his decision and wishes to resign so he can move forward,” Osborn said, choking up as she read. “We accept his resignation with sadness. We love Coach Koons and his family, and wish him the best.”
Discussion and action on Koons’ resignation was the only item on the agenda for the meeting. The board entered into private executive session shortly after the meeting began at 6 p.m., and returned just after 6:30. But the time in executive session was not spent debating whether or not to accept Koons’ resignation.
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