MASON CITY – At Monday’s Mason City School Board meeting, local CPA Tim Wendel questioned the spending practices of the school district as the board considered cutting coaches and contracts for educators.
Wendel spoke about how much athletics and his high school coaches meant to him.
“I loved football. Right after my dad, they were probably the most influential male role models in my life,” Wendel said.
“They best thing about my coaches was that they were always ready to give me immediate feedback.”
Wendel is a finance manager for the largest pharmaceutical company in the world, he said Monday.
“I understand how tough budgets are,” Wendel said.
“In the private sector… we always look at the overhead. I don’t consider teachers overhead. I don’t consider coaches overhead.”
“We are not a job agency,” Wendel said, referring to the school district. “We are not here to preserve people’s jobs. We’re here to promote opportunities for young people.”