Burton coaching

Keith Burton coaches during the first week of official practice for the Central High Bronchos. He resigned from the position effective June 15, 2020.

As the longest tenured coach in Stephens County, Central High Bronchos head coach Keith Burton will leave the post after the Central High Board of Education accepted his resignation Monday evening.

Burton, who has worked as the head coach of two Stephens County teams including Bray-Doyle and Central High, put in his resignation after the district posted the agenda.

Central High Superintendent Bennie Newton, during the new business portion, read the resignation letter written by Burton to the board before putting it to a vote.

“I am writing this letter to inform you that I am resigning my position as head football coach and teacher effective immediately,” the letter from Burton read. “I have decided not to return to Central High School for the school year 2020-2021 and I’m currently seeking employment else where.”

Newton said Burton took a position as an assistant coach at Empire Public Schools and read the conclusion of the letter to the board.

“I want to give you my sincere thanks for allowing me to work at Central High for the last seven years and for a total of 14 years all together,” the letter from Burton read. “I want to thank the administration and school board for the opportunities I have been given over the years. I want to thank the administration and school board for believing me and allowing me to move forward in my decision.”

The board voted 5-0 to receive the resignation.

Kevin Dyes, the new superintendent who will replace Newton as he moves into retirement, attended the meeting. He said the search will begin soon for a new coach.

Dyes said the position will go through an application process and a committee will interview the new prospective coaches. Dyes said they hope to have a new coach selected by the July board meeting.

That same meeting will serve as Dyes first meeting as superintendent of the District.

In the interim, Coach Jarrett Sparks will run the offseason program for the Central High Football team.

Central High’s first game of the season is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Aug. 28 when they will go on the road to face Paoli. The first home game for the Bronchos will take place the following week at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 against Maysville High School.

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