PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

February 17, 2009

PN-G athletics get financial support

MikeTobias

GROVES — It hasn’t even been two weeks since new Port Neches-Groves Indians Head Coach and Athletic Director Brandon Faircloth stepped into the mix.

Monday night, the newly appointed “chief of the tribe” strolled into the PN-GISD board room, donning the Indians’ colors, to ask trustees for the funding approval of technology equipment and athletic personnel appointments.

“In order to meet the needs of the athletic department, new technology equipment and software is needed,” Superintendent Lani Randall said, prior to the vote.

The new technology requested comes in the form of: video editing software ($12,700), 1 Server for the field house ($8,000), and 2 laptop computers ($2,400). $23,100.

Several members of the board, including President Rusty Brittain questioned Faircloth as to the nature of the equipment and whether it would supplement existing software already in place.

“We’re trying to create a program that’s going to give our kids the best chance to be successful,” Faircloth said. “We’re not concerned with how anyone else is doing things — we’re concerned with how we’re doing things and what we feel is right.”

Faircloth told the trustees current software and hardware in place for video editing only allows one coach to work on one desktop computer at a time. With the additional equipment, coaches would be able to work on the software off of a network server, specific to the athletic department, with the mobile versatility that laptop computers provide.

“It helps with a lot of the coaches being able to work on laptops, to work on video editing,” Faircloth explained. “It helps when you separate into position meetings to be able to take a laptop into there and be very position specific on does and don’ts. We’ll be able to let the kids watch themselves and have it cut up that way so our kids not only can be active learners, but visual learners as well.”

Faircloth also requested funds for several athletics position. The request positions were for two new coordinator positions for the remainder of the 08-09 school year, two new varsity assistant coach/teaching positions for the 08-09 school year, and an athletics secretary that would serve the needs of both boys and girls athletics.

“Additionally, it is recommended that two new middle school assistant coach positions would be added for the 2009-2010 school year.”

The board voted unanimously in favor of both proposals. Posting for the new positions will begin immediately.

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