Parents question Normal West coach's resignation

Parents asked the Unit 5 Board for more information at Wednesday's meeting

NORMAL, lll. - Parents at Normal West High School are asking the Unit 5 School Board for answers, after the school's head football coach unexpectedly resigned last month.

Darren Hess has been with the program 15 seasons. When he resigned in December, he told the public he wanted to spend more time with his family.

But parents suspect he was forced to resign, after emails became public in which the administration was questioning how assistant coaches were paid. Parents explained coaches can be paid from the program's athletic account. Fundraising groups have said they have never paid an assistant coach directly. They say all money raised was funneled through the school correctly. According to our news partner WJBC, Superintendent Dr. Mark Daniel says the IHSA is reviewing the payments.

"We're at a loss at the moment and we want to have more information from the school board as to what the future holds. We do not want the program to deteriorate," said one parent.

Parents praised Hess and his work with the team at the board meeting. They are asking the board to release audio and information from closed door meetings that happened directly before Hess resigned.

Hess is staying with Normal West as a social studies teacher.

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