BH-BL Athletic Director Robert McGuire was recently appointed as PEP Grant director and facilities consultant for the district’s Building our 2nd Century renovation project. In order to properly dedicate his time to the new roles, McGuire will step down from his position as athletic director.
Beginning this summer, McGuire will rely on his nearly 20 years of school athletics experience to provide guidance during the first and second phases of the voter-approved renovation project, which is slated to get underway this summer. McGuire will be the local liaison consulting with architects and engineers during the construction of the new artificial turf field and track; the renovation of the high school wrestling room, fitness center and gymnasium; and the renovation of the gymnasiums at all three elementary schools. [Renovation Project information]
“One of the things I wanted to do before I retired was to help bring our athletic facilities in line with the level of excellence we see in our student athletes and coaching staff," says McGuire. “I am thrilled to be able to take on a role that positions me even closer to the renovations project and allows me to have a hand in ensuring our much-anticipated athletic projects come to fruition.”
In addition, McGuire will also oversee the final year of the district’s $1.2 million Carol White PEP grant, which McGuire was instrumental in securing. He’ll work closely with PEP Grant Manager Geoff Leggieri to complete the grant project, maximize funding opportunities provided through the grant and work on a follow-up grant that PEP Grant schools can often receive. [PEP Grant information]
A national search for a new athletic director will begin in the coming weeks and the board expects to appoint someone by August 1, 2014.
McGuire, who is planning to retire in September 2015, has also offered to mentor the new athletic director throughout next school year.
“Bob will have his hands full in this new role and I appreciate him taking on these exciting and challenging tasks over the course of the coming school year,” says Superintendent Patrick McGrath.