Future's uncertain for Rantoul AD

Future's uncertain for Rantoul AD

RANTOUL — Rantoul Township High School operated the second semester of last school year with an interim athletic director.

Could the district find itself in a similar situation again this year? Stay tuned.

First-year AD Joe Bendoraitis, who is also the Eagles’ head football coach, has not been at the high school since Nov. 29.

Rantoul Superintendent Scott Amerio said Thursday morning he does not anticipate Bendoraitis returning to work until at least next Tuesday. Amerio declined to give any more specific information about the situation. Amerio previously said Bendoraitis’ reason for not being at the school “in no way involves anything with students or student safety.”

“There probably won’t be any updates until Tuesday,” Amerio said. “One of the things I want to do is update the board on what’s going on.”

The Rantoul school board is set to hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the RTHS boardroom.

“We won’t be taking any official action on Monday night,” Amerio said, “but I just want to update them.”

Amerio spoke with the district’s attorney, Dennis Weedman, briefly Wednesday about the matter. Weedman is a partner with Robbins Schwartz in the firm’s Collinsville office.

“He’s checking into some things,” Amerio said.

Bendoraitis, 30, is in his first year as the Eagles’ athletic director after he was hired in mid-May. The 2001 Lincoln-Way High School graduate, who played college football at Illinois State and McKendree, also doubles as the Eagles’ head football coach.

Rantoul went 1-8 in his debut season.

Bendoraitis — who has had assistant coaching stops at Lincoln-Way East and Manteno high schools along with coaching stints with Olivet Nazarene University and Quincy University before coming to Rantoul — held a meeting in early November to go through the winter strength and conditioning program he wants the Eagles on, with full intentions of returning to coach the Eagles in the 2013 season.
 

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