Less than one month after accepting the resignation of Jim Wehner as the head coach of the Baldwin High School football program, the Baldwin-Whitehall School Board is scheduled to hire a new head coach at its meeting on Wednesday night.
The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. at the Baldwin-Whitehall School District Office along Curry Road in Whitehall Borough.
It is not known if the new coach will assume Wehner's duties stemming from his Personal Fitness position at the high school. That position was taken from Wehner by the school board on Jan. 16 along with declaring all of the football coaching positions in the school district as open.
The open positions include all of those at Baldwin High (varsity, junior varsity and ninth-grade teams) and at J.E. Harrison Middle School.
The names of the candidates to replace Wehner have not been made public, but those coaches removed from their positions in January—Wehner's assistants and coaches at J.E. Harrison—are eligible to become the new high school head coach or to even regain their old positions.
Baldwin's varsity team did not post a winning season during Wehner's four years as its head coach, but the 2012 Highlanders were the first of Wehner's varsity squads to not win more games than they did in their previous season.
Baldwin finished 2012 at 3-6 overall—one game worse than its 4-5 mark in 2011. In 2010, Baldwin was also 3-6, but that was after a 2-8 mark in 2009 (Wehner's first season with the team) and after a 0-9 record in 2008.
Also on Wednesday, the school board will name an interim principal for Baldwin High. Baldwin Principal Kevin O'Toole was granted a leave of absence in January.
O'Toole's leave—district administration has not divulged the reason for it—is expected to last for the entire spring semester. (UPDATE: "No Interim Principal Yet at Baldwin High School")
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And check back with the Baldwin-Whitehall Patch for updates from Wednesday night's school board meeting.
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