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Columbia Public Schools Board to decide on renaming Rock Bridge High School football field


The Columbia Public Schools Board of Education is scheduled to meet Friday morning and decide whether to rename the Rock Bridge High School Football field.

Earlier this week, school district leaders said they would discuss removing Wayne Sells' name from the field after he made an expletive-laden Facebook post critical of football players kneeling during the national anthem.

The special meeting was held at 11:30 a.m.

A spokeswoman for CPS, Michelle Baumstark, said the distrct made contact with Mr. Sells Tuesday night regarding the situation.

"The district received the letter from Mr. Sells late Wednesday afternoon. The Board has not yet had an opportunity to discuss receipt of the letter," she said.

The Board of Education met in closed session Friday with its attorney.

Sells apologized for the post in a letter sent out Wednesday. He included the football field should be renamed Veterans Memorial Field.

Board of education president, Helen Wade, called Sells' comments "insulting and racist." Superintendent Peter Stiepleman added the remarks violated the district's values and principles.

It's unclear as of Friday morning what decision the board will make and when an announcement about the field's name will be made.

The Rock Bridge Bruins are scheduled to host the Capital City Cavaliers Friday night. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

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Matt Ragsdale

Matt Ragsdale is a broadcast and digital producer at ABC 17 News.

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