Sources say Seymour High athletic director has resigned

January 29, 2019

SEYMOUR — Tara Yusko, the Seymour High School athletic director who has come under fire for coaching vacancies and problems with the school’s football, girls’ soccer and indoor track programs, has submitted her resignation, sources said Tuesday.

“I was told she resigned both as athletic director and assistant principal at the Middle School,” said State Rep. Nicole Klarides-Ditria, who brought the complaints of several parents to the Board of Education earlier this month. “I’m hearing she accepted a job somewhere else but I don’t know where.”

Klarides-Ditria said Yusko resigned Monday. Neither Yusko or Superintendent of Schools Michael Wilson immediately responded to emails or phone calls requesting comment and confirmation.

Several Seymour High sports parents, including Lisa Collins, Diane Valdes-Saylor, Bob Russo and Margaret Jurkowski, have complained about the way athletic programs have been operating this school year.

Athletes Patty Jurkowski, McKenzie Collins and Amber Recine, who participate in indoor track, also told Hearst Connecticut Media Group that their hopes of being recruited in either soccer or track have been stonewalled the high school programs’ problems.

The girls’ soccer team was unable to participate in tournaments because of two forfeits caused by using ineligible players. The current indoor track team arrived late for their first two meets causing some competitors to miss their events.

No head coach or assistant coach have been hired for the upcoming outdoor track season.

Yusko’s resignation comes before Wednesday’s scheduled 6 p.m. meeting of the Board of Education’s Athletic Committee at Seymour High School. Several parents of student athletes said they will attend.

“I am hoping the Board of Education and administration can take this opportunity to bring positive changes to the culture of our school system,” Valdes-Saylor said.

Yusko did not respond to requests for comments prior to the publication of an article on problems with Seymour High sports that appeared on Hearst Connecticut Media websites and in Monday’s edition of the Connecticut Post.

“With the resignation of the AD, Seymour has a brand new opportunity to improve upon the strained athletic program,” said Lisa Collins, the mother of McKenzie, who participates in girls’ soccer as well as indoor and outdoor track. “This will take work and cooperation from administrators, coaches, parents, and student athletes to rebuild the Seymour Wildcat spirit, which has been damaged.”

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