District 230 board seeks next Sandburg High athletic director

Steve McInerney, laughing it up with a referee last Thursday during regional basketball competition, is Sandburg

By Jeff Vorva

  High School District 230 will conduct both and internal and external search for Sandburg’s new athletic director.
  Bruce Scheidegger was the Orland Park school’s AD until he died in a one-car accident in February. Physical Education Chairman Steve McInerney has taken on the role of interim athletic director and is working with Assistant Athletic Director Mike Polz during the end of the winter season and through the spring season.
  Board President Frank Gra­bowski said after last Thursday’s meeting that he didn’t have specifics but that there will be a search from within the district as well as externally. It could take a while.
  “I don’t see this coming up at the [March] board meeting,” he said. “We want to make sure we’re deliberate and we want to make sure to take an adequate amount of time. Many of the people we have in place understand what needs to be done, so, as in many cases people step up when there is a need and people have stepped up at this point in time.”
  McInerney, a Brother Rice graduate, was an athletic director for six years at Oswego High School before coming to Sandburg in the fall. The St. Charles resident said he gave up being an athletic director so he could watch his son play sports and likely won’t pursue the Sandburg AD job.
  “I came here to allow me to spend more time with my family,” he said. “It was a tragedy — Bruce was a very dear and close friend. It’s just something that [Principal Julia Wheaton] asked for someone to step up and help out and I said ‘absolutely’ because it’s in the best interest of our kids.
  “You don’t want anyone to go through something like this. We have a lot great kids here and great support. Bruce was phenomenal. I told his wife he was irreplaceable. But we have to move on and carry his spirit with us.”
  The school board unanimously approved to allow a commemorative marker to be placed on the Sandburg baseball scoreboard that says “In Memory of our Friend and Mentor Bruce Scheidegger.”
  The usual district policy is to wait three years after the passing of an individual from the district before either installing a marker or plaque or naming a facility after that person. But the board waived that policy last Thursday.
  “With the passing of Bruce Scheidegger, the booster club very compassionately wanted to design a memory of him,” District 230 Superintendent James Gay said. “We wanted to resolve this relatively quickly so that it can be on site for the season.”