West Branch community looks for answers after school decides to replace Coach DJ Dota

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A heated meeting was held in West Branch High School library on Thursday night as the community looked for answers regarding a recent decision to replace a popular football coach.

The school board announced the decision to replace Coach DJ Dota earlier this month.

Parents and student athletes talked about how Coach Dota changed their lives.

They even handed the board a petition of around 600 signatures. 

Many were upset that school Superintendent Timothy Saxton would not give direct comment on why they chose to let Dota go.

“It’s not something I’m open to talk about without folks’ permission to do that and frankly I have been advised not to do that. It’s just a level of respect we have for the employees of this district,” Saxton says. 

Saxton says the board will take the comments made Thursday night into consideration. 

He also says a committee is being formed to find a new coach and review the applicants they have. 

A decision will be made sometime before the end of the school year.

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Mel Robbins Main Area Middle

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