CHARLOTTE, MI (WLNS) – The Charlotte School Board decided in a 5 to 1 vote not to reinstate Coach Steve Ernst to his position.
Earlier this week Charlotte varsity basketball Coach Steve Ernst resigned position leaving a trail of controversy.
School board president Shane Gonser then resigned two days later in the wake of Ernst leaving.
On Thursday the remaining school board members held a special meeting to decide the fate of Coach Ernst and what their plans should be next.
A tight knit community feeling the pain of a beloved coach who resigned after a contentious plight between himself and top ranking school officials, Charlotte community members came en masse to keep varsity basketball Coach Steve Ernst on board. We spoke to community members before the meeting rejoined to understand how they felt.
“In this town, there’s nobody that’s been more influential than Steve. I’ve told others that not even the mayor can influence people as quickly as Steve has. He’s been here 14 months and ironically that’s the same amount of time the superintendent has been here,” said Ryan Garn, parent of basketball player.
“He’s plugged in to the community. He’s all about moving Charlotte forward. Making these kids the best men and women they can be. There’s people not even part of this job he’s involved with. He’s successful top to bottom. He’s focused not just on winning but creating these individuals out of these boys and girls,” said Matt Bruch, Charlotte business owner.
After three hours behind closed doors, the Charlotte School Board members opened the session to the public in front of a standing-room-only crowd.
They listened to community members talk about their support for Coach Ernst while wanting to keep the community from breaking apart.
The board announced Ernst will not be brought back because the former coach said his resignation was due to health reasons.