Day 17: Where is Kennedy High Coach Manny Alvarado?
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It’s Day 17 in the ongoing Los Angeles Unified School District saga known as ‘Where is Manny Alvarado?’
The longtime Granada Hills Kennedy baseball coach was pulled from his teaching and coaching positions on Aug. 14 and sent to an undisclosed location. Word is he spends each day at a local district office.
The LAUSD has refused comment on his status, citing confidentiality and privacy laws. A district spokesman said Thursday there was no update.
Kennedy parents held a meeting Wednesday night with district officials to try to find out if the school will have a baseball team this coming season. No one is running practices and players no longer have an off-season baseball class.
Alvarado is apparently waiting to see what the district decides about his status.
Last school year, the LAUSD tried to suspend Alvarado after an alleged hazing incident involving two players in the school weight room. He appealed the suspension. In June, a Kennedy assistant coach was arrested on suspicion of smoking marijuana with a group of junior varsity players.
Alvarado has declined comment. He has been the baseball coach for 24 years.
-- Eric Sondheimer