By Associated Press - Saturday, May 23, 2015

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 ( ). 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.”


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star,

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