Arlington is on the hunt for a new athletic director.
Former Arlington High School athletic director Melissa Dlugolecki resigned from the position in June after an investigation by the Arlington Police Department found no evidence of unlawful access to the Arlington Athletics Twitter account, prompted by allegations of a hack made by Dlugolecki after a racy photo of her was tweeted from the account.
On July 3, AHS Principal Matthew Janger sent an email to AHS parents and community members looking for applications to an interview committee made up of eight to 10 parents, teachers, coaches and students.
The search is facilitated by Downs House Dean Veronica Tivnan.
Janger told the Advocate the initial round of candidates will interview with the panel, who will then narrow the selection down to two to four candidates. These candidates will then proceed to community forums to allow the larger community to provide feedback.
"Our goal is to get the right person and if we can get that person before athletics begins in August we’ll be very happy," Janger said.
Janger told the Advocate the district is looking for a candidate who has experience in educational athletics as well as management and organizational leadership skills to oversee 30 teams over three seasons.
"You need someone who both has a rich understanding of athletics, how to coach and lead coaches, how to coach and lead students," Janger said.
He added that the new athletic director would have the opportunity to develop and grow the program at the new high school, which is estimated to begin construction in 2020. Janger noted the ideal candidate would need to have a vision on how to grow the program in this new space.
"The more that we can make good decisions up front to get the most out of the facility the better," he said.