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Stacie Belfrom, new Kings High School school board member. CONTRIBUTED
“It’s important to have diversity and inclusive in Kings, but I did not apply as a single issue candidate,” said Belfrom, who also told the board he wanted to continue Kings’ long-standing status as one of Southwest Ohio’s top academic districts.
“I went for the seat because I saw a need and I just want to help,” said Belfrom, a graduated of Purdue University.
For multiple games, the teens – Kings students playing in a youth league not affiliated with the school district but using local school gyms – wore jerseys seen by dozens if not hundreds of parents, fans, friends and others.
One jersey had a name on the back that read “Knee Grow.” Another teammate’s uniform said “Coon.”
And they played on a squad they – along with their adult coaches – dubbed “Wet Dream Team.”
But it took multiple games before anyone spoke up about the thinly veiled racist terms.
Belfrom described the jerseys as an “unfortunate incident.”
“But it’s not indicative of this community,” he said.
The Kings board came out of executive session just before 10 p.m., after starting interviews at 8 a.m. Wednesday.
Belfrom, who has not previously held public office, was told by phone of the board’s decision.
He will be sworn in during the board’s Feb. 13 meeting and will serve through Dec. 31, 2019.