Brent Williamson’s one-year career in the Blanket school district was apparently about to end when when school board members voted 5-2 on Feb. 12 not to renew the head football coach and athletic director’s contract for the next school year.
    The move spurred protests and social media reactions among some Blanket students and parents.
    But Williamson’s departure has become less certain.
    School board members will meet at 7 p.m. Monday to hear community input on Williamson, and board members will then reconsider offering Williamson a new contract. Superintendent David Whisenhunt said the meeting will be held in the school cafeteria to accommodate what he anticipates will be a large turnout.
    Whisenhunt also reported another development.
    The school district’s attorney reviewed minutes from the Feb. 12 meeting and notified Whisenhunt the board had not taken a vote necessary to terminate Williamson’s contract, Whisenhunt said.
    Williamson, who is in his first year with the district, is on a probationary contract. State school law required that the board have a separate vote to terminate Williamson's probationary contract. Because that vote did not occur, Williamson's contract was not terminated, Whisenhunt said.
    Whisenhunt brought a press release to the Bulletin Saturday that states:
    "There has been great confusion and concern regarding Mr. Williamson's employment status with Blanket ISD. On behalf of Blanket ISD I want to clarify misunderstandings on this matter. During the Blanket ISD board meeting Feb. 12, 2018, a motion to offer Mr. Williamson a contract for the 2018-'19 school year did not pass. The action did not terminate or non-renew Mr. Williamson's contract at the end of his current 2017-'18 probationary contract.
    "The board will revisit Mr. Williamson's contract and employment status at a future board meeting prior to the end of the school year. All previous information indicating that the Blanket ISD would not be employing Mr. Williamson beyond the 2017-'18 school year was incorrect, as such a determination has not been made by the board of trustees. We appreciate the input from the community and as a district we will make a final decision in the best interest of the district."