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Chris Murphy, Published October 29 2013

Perham parts with high school gymnastics coach Fleck

FARGO – The Perham-Dent (Minn.) School Board voted to not renew the coaching contract with Charlie Fleck for Perham High School gymnastics at a meeting Oct. 16.

The 6-1 decision to not renew Fleck’s contract with the high school came three weeks after a letter sent to parents and families of the Lakes Area Gymnastics Academy in Perham stated the termination of its contract with Fleck, who was the head coach of the academy.

“While we are not able to provide you with specific details that led to this decision, we do want you to know that the decision was made in the best interests of the Lakes Area

Gymnastics Academy Program and the participants that are a part of this program,” the letter stated. “The board plans to work with Charlie to develop a transition plan so that the schedule and practices will not be disrupted throughout this process. Currently, Charlie will remain involved with administrative tasks through Nov. 8th, but will not be doing any coaching during this time.”

Since the letter, no one from the Lakes Area Gymnastics Academy has returned phone calls seeking comment, nor has Fleck.

Perham athletic director Erin Anderson did not return calls Tuesday seeking comment about Fleck’s contract not being renewed. Superintendent Mitch Anderson confirmed Fleck is no longer employed as the gymnastics coach of Perham, but would not comment any further.

Fleck had won 11 straight Class 1A, Section 8 championships and eight straight Class 1A state titles from 2004-11 with Perham.

Fleck has been coaching gymnastics for 40 years. Fleck was a teacher in the Fargo school system for 25 years and was the head coach in gymnastics from 1978-1994 at Fargo South where he won nine state championships.

Fleck moved near Perham in 1998. In 2002, Perham approved girls gymnastics as a high school sport and two years later, Perham began a run of eight straight state titles.

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