Cisar steps down as UL’s?A.D.

When Union Local begins the 2013-14 school year the students will need to get a program for all of the changes in administration.

Along with a new superintendent and principal at the high, middle and elementary schools, the Jets are now in the market for a new athletic director.

Mark Cisar has stepped down from the post that he held for upwards of seven years to go back into the classroom as a special education teacher at the high school. “I just decided at the end of the school year that it was time,” Cisar said. “The special education job came open and, with two young kids, this is a good chance to get back in the classroom and have the ability to spend more time with my kids and family. Plus, I am excited to get back into teaching again.”

Cisar thought long and hard about his decision and talked it over at length with his wife Angie.

“I am definitely going to miss being involved with all of the sports because I am a sports junkie,” Cisar admitted. “I love being a part of Union Local’s programs, but I think it’s time that I step back and spend some more time with my own kids.”

During his stint as athletic director, Cisar has faced many obstacles and done many positive things for the school district. The track at the football stadium has been resurfaced, the football field has been re-sodded, bleachers were added at the baseball field, the softball field basically needed entirely re-built after a storm two summers ago trampled the dugouts.

“Looking back, we’ve done a lot of good things,” Cisar said. “Getting that track done was a major project, but it was by no means just me. I’ve had a lot of help and a lot of people deserve to feel good about the things we’ve done. I feel like I did a good job as athletic director.”

Cisar was basically dismissed as Jets’ football coach during the winter. He stressed that had nothing to do with his decision to step down as the athletic director.

“Bruce (Stiles) and I have worked well together since he’s been hired,” Cisar said. “It has nothing to do with football or anyone else. It just comes down to the fact that I was devoting too much time to Union Local and not the Cisar household.”

Cisar has all intentions of remaining as the Jets’ baseball coach. He just completed his first season as skipper this spring.

“I’ll be able to devote a little more time to that in the fall and winter,” Cisar said. “

The job as athletic director has been posted inside the school, according to Cisar, and it’s been combined with an assistant principal’s job for grades 6-12.

“Not really sure where they’ll go from here, but with so many new administrators, it’s going to be a challenge,” Cisar said. “But, having said that, I am sure they’ll do a good job.”