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Football coach, educator steps down amid investigation

Derek Parendo, who has been with the school district for 21 years and coach of the football team since 2008 has resigned amid an investigation into alleged student misconduct on the team.


The Proctor School Board accepted a separation agreement at its regular meeting Monday.  It was on the consent agenda, about 40-minutes into the meeting, as the ninth of 17 items.  No items on that agenda were discussed.


School Superintendent John Engelking had released a statement. “Derek Parendo is on a personal leave of absence for the remainder of the 2021-2022 School year. Derek has resigned from all positions with the School District at the end of the 2021-2022 school year.”


Parendo has been supportive of the investigation.  In late September he encouraged people with knowledge of the incident to contact the school administration.


School Superintendent John Engelking told board members extra counseling services were being offered at the high school and that character-building programs are being brought in for the teams.


The superintendent said that he’s never taken anything more seriously in all of his years of education.


The 114-minute school board meeting has been in hold or in part by 187 people on its web site.


Parendo is a 1992 Proctor graduate and was a standout football player.  He first became head coach during the 2008 season following the death of Dave Hylla.   Parendo has served in many capacities at Proctor including Dean of Students and District Intervention Specialist


Proctor police, as of this writing continue to investigate a complaint involving student misconduct.  Due to the allegations involving juveniles, little information on the allegations could be released.  It is expected the investigation will soon be complete to be sent to the County Attorney’s office.

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