No contract extension for Nebraska prep activities director

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska School Activities Association board of directors has voted to not extend the contract of executive director Rhonda Blanford-Green.

The 5-3 vote against extending Blanford-Green’s contract occurred Thursday, the Lincoln Journal Star reported (http://bit.ly/1Fv1TJj ). The association oversees high school sports competition.

Blanford-Green, who took over the position in July 2012, is under contract until June 2016. She is a former Nebraska All-American in track and two-time U.S. Olympic Trials qualifier. She came to Nebraska after serving for 16 years as an assistant director in the Colorado high school activities association.

Blanford-Green said the vote took her by surprise.

“Nothing in my conversations with board members ever led me to believe I wasn’t meeting the expectations of the board,” she said.

She also defended her record as director, noting that NSAA has implemented new programs, incorporated special-needs students and “the budget is the healthiest it’s been in years.”

Board chairman Brian Maher Blanford-Green, who voted to extend Blanford-Green’s contract, declined to disclose the reasons behind the board’s vote, citing personnel privacy.

He did say the contract extension could be considered again, but Blanford-Green might not wait around to find out.

“I still have another year on my contract,” she said. “I am going to explore all my options, both professionally and personally.”

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