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Many Monaco supporters expected at Williamsville BOE meeting Tuesday

Supporters of fired Williamsville South coach Al Monaco are expected to be attendance at Tuesday night's Williamsville Board of Education meeting.

Tuesday's meeting is a regularly scheduled one, set for 7 p.m. at the district offices at 105 Casey Road, located adjacent to Williamsville North High. The announcement of the meeting, as well as the agenda, are on the district's website.

About 75 supporters of Monaco, attended a board meeting on Aug. 28 (see blog post and video).

That meeting was a special one to elect a new board member and did not include any opportunity for the public to speak. At Tuesday's meeting, "public expression" is scheduled for shortly after the meeting begins. The agenda states that there is a three-minute time limit per person. It also states that there is a 30-minute limit on public comments, "unless the rules are suspended by a vote of the Board."

Based on the turnout at that first meeting and from what I have heard from those in the coaching and Williamsville communities, there should be at least an equal number of people attending Tuesday night's meeting with many hoping to speak.

That was backed up by Depew boys basketball coach Larry Jones, the co-chairman of Section VI boys basketball with Monaco.

"We're hoping to have as many or more coaches there, and not just basketball," said Jones, who also coaches girls soccer at Depew. "It's not just a basketball issue -- it could be soccer, football, volleyball, it doesn't matter. If not getting playing time is equated to bullying, there are going to be issues at every level."

Jones said that he knows of some Depew basketball team parents who are planning to attend the meeting because they "know how much he has done for Western New York basketball." He said he has also spoken to some current Williamsville South team parents who intend to speak, while some former South players are also expected to attend. He also mentioned basketball officials' strong support of Monaco; many officials were at the previous meeting and they are expected to attend tonight as well.

---Keith McShea

(@KeithMcSheaBN on Twitter)

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Keith McShea

Keith McShea

Keith McShea has covered high school sports at The News since his hiring in 1999. The 1995 University at Buffalo graduate and Long Island native (North Babylon Bulldogs) covers — and live blogs — everything from scrimmages to state championships & helps head The News' All-Western New York selections.

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