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Reischman gets district post

Steve Reischman, athletic director at South Kitsap High School, is stretching his responsibilities to the entire school district.

Under his new title, director of athletics and activities, Reischman will take over the responsibilities of district athletic director from Doug Green, who retired last spring.

The director of activities is a new responsibility, but Reischman said he’s looking forward to the challenge.

At the same time, Reischman said the new job title doesn’t mean he’ll start taking over junior high and elementary school activities.

“The people there are very good at what they do, and they are very experienced,” Reischman said. “I’ll just be there to assist if they need anything to be done.”

His direct involvement will be needed only if the junior high or elementary schools need to use the high school facilities.

Reischman said the job will not require him to be out of his office at the high school.

But the athletics office will have a receptionist, since the volume of calls would be too much for the front desk to handle.

Besides having a new receptionist, plans are in the works to install a voice messaging service with up-to-date information.

While his main responsibilities have been students’ eligibility, transportation and scheduling, those duties will extend out to the entire district.

Reischman said it’s a job he’s ready to tackle. “I’m excited about the changes in the office,” he said. “You have to be organized to do this and that’s how I always approach things. This is going to help people out a lot.”

Reischman’s new duties will also come at time when participation in sports and other activities is expected rise because of the passing of the school levy February 2001.

While there was some alleviation to costs during the 2001-02 school year, user fees will return to the lowest its been since prior to the double levy failure in 2000.

When the school year begins there will no longer be a fee to use any school fields, but there will still be a fee (lower than last year) for use of indoor facilities.

“We still need to cover the custodial cost for use of gyms or other (indoor) facilities,” Reischman said.

But for youth leagues in the area, Reischman said the free use of the fields will make a big difference.

“Schools still have first priority over the use of the fields, but now leagues like Pee Wee football or SKYAA can use the fields,” Reischman said.

Reischman said fees will still be in effect for organizations that hail from outside the area.

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