That opinion notwithstanding, the fallout from Saturday's decision by the board and the lingering controversy surrounding the team could have repercussions on the hardwood and in the administrative halls of the district. The girls did not show up for Wednesday's practice.
Their status tonight's game is in doubt. The Bulldogs (11-7 overall, 2-1 IVL) play Central Union High School in El Centro tonight.
School board Trustee Reynaldo Ayala said the board at its next meeting could discuss reprimanding Superintendent Roberto Moreno and Athletic Director Ray Alvarado regarding the controversy.
The two came under fire from parents of players and coaches because of their handling of a recent incident that was sparked by Chew's decision to send a junior to the junior varsity team instead of the varsity squad.
After Chew sent the girl to the JV squad, the parents of that player contested the move and the girl refused to report to the JV team.
To shield herself and her players from the ensuing controversy, Chew locked the doors to the gym during practice.
That act set off the parents anew.
Ayala said at this point in the dispute, the school superintendent and the athletic director should have handled the matter internally.
That didn't happen.
After weeks of meetings with the various parties affected, including players, the matter was brought before the school board.
After 12 hours of testimony at board level, a decision was made to keep Chew as coach.
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