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Tuesday night the
Riverside-Brookfield High School board voted 4-3 to release Otto Zeman from his duties as athletic director at the school effective June 30.

District 208 school board President James Marciniak and board members Dan Moon, Matt Sinde and Mike Welch voted to terminate Zeman. Larry Herbst, Sue Kleinmeyer and MariAnn Leibrandt voted against the motion to release Zeman.

The vote came after the board met in closed session for just over an hour. The board has had a number of closed session meetings over the past month to discuss personnel matters.

Zeman, who was not at last night’s school board meeting, graduated from RB in 1965 and began teaching at his alma mater in 1969. He has been athletic director at RB since 2002. He has been listed as a part-time employee. Zeman has been the head football coach at RB since 1982.

District 208 Interim Superintendent David Bonnette said last night that he didn’t know whether Zeman would be back as football coach for RB next fall.

There was no discussion in open session about Zeman before the vote was taken and the four board members who voted to release Zeman declined to make an immediate comment after Tuesday night’s meeting.

Zeman has been a polarizing figure at RB in recent years. Some parents support him, while others have been calling for his head.

The school board also voted to release four other employees: college counselor Marsha Hubbuch, who like Zeman has been working part time at RB since retiring a couple years ago; Bill Jirkovsky, another retiree who has been helping out at RB; and full-time non-tenured teachers Charlie Egner and Ann Kuenster.

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