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D-428 board accepts DeKalb athletic director’s resignation

Published: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 9:21 p.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, March 18, 2014 11:41 p.m. CDT
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DeKalb High School Athletic Director Bryon Houy resigned Tuesday.

DeKALB – Less than two years after accepting the position, Bryon Houy has resigned as athletic director at DeKalb School District 428.

The District 428 board unanimously accepted Houy’s resignation and dismissed more than a dozen teachers during their meeting Tuesday night.

Houy took over as athletic director in July 2012, replacing Dan Jones, who took a similar position with Hinsdale Central. Houy’s salary was $108,150, according to a contract the school board approved in April that expires June 30. The district also paid for his entire contributions to the Illinois Teacher’s Retirement System and Teacher’s Health Insurance Security Funds.

According to the contract, Houy was up for review in February. Board members had the option to renew his contract for another year.

His resignation will be effective June 30.

Before coming to DeKalb, Houy was the athletic director at Belvidere for two years and then was put in charge of Belvidere and Belvidere North for the next three.

DeKalb’s main coaching hire during Houy’s tenure came in February 2013, after interim football coach Todd Hallaron was not rehired after a 2-7 season in 2012. Houy worked with a search committee, which ultimately chose Matt Weckler, who had coached at Belvidere.

Weckler led the Barbs to a 5-5 record this year and DeKalb football reached the postseason for the first time in four years.

School officials declined to comment on Houy’s resignation and did not know details of the search for the next athletic director.

Houy could not be reached for comment Tuesday night. DeKalb was hosting supersectional boys basketball games at Northern Illinois University’s Convocation Center.

Board members also voted to dismiss a dozen part-time teachers; not renew contracts for and dismiss three first-year probationary teachers, and one third-year probationary teacher; and honorably dismiss one full-time teacher.

Superintendent Jim Briscoe said there is a chance that some teachers could be hired back by the time school starts in the fall depending on enrollment and need. By law, the district is required to give teachers notice of nonrenewal 45 days before the end of the school year.

He clarified the dismissals and nonrenewals were not a reduction in force.

“Most of these positions will be filled,” Briscoe said. “None of the maneuvers here were budget driven.”

• Daily Chronicle Sports Editor Ross Jacobson contributed to this story.

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