- Published on Tuesday, 07 April 1998 20:21
- Written by Pete Borello - Town Crier Staff Writer
Los Altos High intends to replace athletic director Monica Lodge once her three-year appointment ends in June.
Los Altos principal David Brazer informed Lodge of his decision not to reappoint her during an evaluation meeting on April 1.
"I need a different person in that leadership role," Brazer said.
The principal said he has sent out a memo inviting all on-campus coaches to apply for the position, and interviews will begin by the end of the month.
Brazer would not cite specific reasons for making the change, but he did want to make one thing clear.
"Monica hasn't done anything really horrendous that says she incompetent," he said. "I don't want anyone to think she's done anything egregious."
Lodge, who will continue her job as physical education teacher, said she was disappointed by Brazer's decision.
However, she hasn't given up hope of retaining the athletic director position she's held for the past six years. Lodge has decided to exercise her right to reapply for the job.
"I hope to be reappointed so I can continue the growth and redevelopment of the whole program," said Lodge, who's been a part of the athletic department since 1966.
Others affiliated with Los Altos also want Lodge to remain athletic director.
"I've had so much support from coaches, parents and students," Lodge said. "Some coaches have even sent letters of support, and I've received a lot of phone calls from people."
Brazer said a group of students addressed him last week about having Lodge continue as athletic director.
In addition, wrestling coach Nick Testa and Los Altos parents Pete and Ann Bjorklund met with Brazer April 8 in an attempt to keep Lodge on the job.
"It was a very positive meeting," Testa said. "I think we made some progress."
Brazer declined to comment when asked if there's any chance Lodge could still return as athletic director.