Fenstermaker quits club

After an incident with a parent at a basketball game, the Coupeville Boys and Girls Club director is looking for a new job.

Peg Fenstermaker, who has served as site director for the Coupeville Boys and Girls Club, resigned last week. She had been working for the club for the past 21 months. She submitted her resignation Feb. 27.

Apparently, the resignation stemmed from an incident that took place last month during a youth basketball game sponsored by the Boys and Girls Club. During that game, a parent reportedly became abusive toward the coaches and eventually had to be asked to leave the competition. Fenstermaker approached the parent and she said he started cursing at her.

The club’s advisory group’s investigator concluded that she had not handled the situation appropriately, Fenstermaker said.

Because she felt she wasn’t getting support from the advisory board, she decided to resign.

She said the board didn’t hear her side of the story before making its decision.

“The only thing I want is for people to hear my side of the story,” Fenstermaker said.

Board members did not return phone calls from the Whidbey News-Times.

Fenstermaker’s resignation came as a shock to the organization that oversees the Coupeville club’s operations.

“We were kind of surprised she reacted the way she did,” said Paul Seely, community development operations director for the Snohomish County Boys and Girls Club, regarding Fenstermaker’s resignation. He said he had hoped to sit down with her to discuss the situation.

He stressed that Fenstermaker resigned and nobody forced her out. He added that Fenstermaker needed to write an incident report about the parent at the basketball game.

Fenstermaker countered that she provided the incident report when she submitted her letter of resignation.

The Boys and Girls Club advisory group met last week to decide how to replace Fenstermaker. Seely said that a letter was sent home to parents telling them about the situation.

The Boys and Girls Club is starting to advertise to find a suitable replacement. In the meantime, the Coupeville club remains open.

As for Fenstermaker, she is still figuring out her next step. She complimented the Boys and Girls Club organization and is hoping to continue working with children.

“I’ve worked with kids for 30 years. That’s my passion. That’s what I’ve done,” she said.

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