process of investigating the DASA complaints.
Amy Phinney, a school social worker who has two daughters in the school, said parent complaints often lack credibility.
"I think that our district is badly misunderstand- ing many coaches in our district, and we are empowering our parents to take control of situations," she said.
Attempts to reach Cerqua on Monday were unsuccessful, Syra- cuse.com reported.
Resigned: Parks commissioner Lazarus Sims resigned Monday shortly before he arrived in court to plead guilty to stealing $5,400 from Syracuse taxpayers, Syracuse.com reported.
Sims was the star guard for the 1991 Syracuse Henninger boys basketball team that reached the NYSPHSAA Class A title game.
As part of a plea agreement, Sims' felony was reduced to a misdemeanor. Sims will face no further punishment if he stays out of trouble for the next year.
More reading: There are a couple of interesting columns I wanted to call to you attention because they tackle topics very must in the news in a couple of sports.
(1) Soccer America columnist Mike Woitalla carved up the U.S. Soccer Federation for sticking to its Development Academy structure, which bars prospects from playing for their high school teams.
The Academy system began for boys in 2007, but it wasn't until 2012 that players were forced to abandon high school soccer in order to participate. On the other hand, girls were hit with the rule right off the bat when their Academy system was launched last year.
According to Woitalla, major clubs are already defecting to the decade-old Elite Clubs National League, with the high school issue being a key reason.
"The quality of high school soccer varies widely around the country. Some players are better off skipping high school ball -- and have since before the boys' DA or girls' ECNL started -- and there are players who will benefit from it," he wrote. "But instead of dismissing high school soccer because it has its flaws, U.S. Soccer could have appreciated its attributes and its potential, regarded it as a partner instead of a nuisance, and even taken steps to improve the high school game."
(2) I'm not a huge fan of the idea, but Cam Smith of USA Today makes a decent case for high school baseball in the midwest and northeast being moved to a May through July window on the calendar.
"There would be no weather issues, or at least none bar the occasional rainstorm (which can be adjusted for much more easily than a blizzard). There would be no academic conflicts exacerbated by suddenly overloaded schedules chock full of doubleheaders," he wrote.
You can read the full column here.
Extra points: Webster Schroeder AD Gary Tirohn is retiring at the end of the school year and will be replaced by Shawn Strege. We previously mentioned that another Monroe County League AD, Victor's Ron Whitcomb is also retiring, and the Democrat and Chronicle reported his replacement could be named Thursday.