Aberdeen Superintendent: It's over, back to football

ABERDEEN – Aberdeen Superintendent Chester Leigh told Monroe360.com this afternoon that the situation between the Aberdeen School District and MHSAA officials is over.
There was some question if the game would happen since an incident on Friday. As first reported by Monroe360.com Aberdeen will host Winona in the teams’ Division 2-3A openers at 7 p.m.
The incident, which involved reportedly un-escorted officials leaving the game, arose after one official was given a reckless driving ticket. District 1 Assigning Secretary Larry Riley saidthe official only honked his horn as he was trying to get out of muddy grass and onto the pavement from the field.
Riley said this morning that officials would not be sent to any Aberdeen football event until an apology was issued.
Leigh stopped short of saying it was an apology, but did say that he’s glad to have the matter resolved after a late afternoon meeting with the Association of Officials.
“We had a very productive meeting today with The Association of Officials and we resolved all the problems that may have been perceived to be with district and the football game,” Leigh said. “Everything is resolved. We will have officials.”
A new game management plan was formed, something Riley had requested.
Aberdeen principal Reedel Holmes said the officials were led off the field by a game administrator, Riley said that’s not true.
“Their game manager was nowhere to be found after the game,” Riley said. “There weren’t any school personnel in the parking area when they left. If they had been, this would never have occurred to start with.”
Aberdeen Athletic Director Wendy McCullough would not comment on the situation.
Leigh said the district regretted the situation happened and he is looking to the future.
“As a district, we regret it happened. I’m sorry about the whole incident. I did tell everybody that,” Leigh said. “I do regret that it happened. I guess if they’re saying that’s an apology, I’m sorry about the incident. We want to move forward. I’m not trying to create problems with anybody. We just had a good talk.
“We settled it to everyone’s satisfaction.”

Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal

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