Coach at Basalt High placed on paid leave |

Coach at Basalt High placed on paid leave

BASALT – The head coach of the girls basketball team at Basalt High School has been suspended for an unspecified reason, Roaring Fork School District Superintendent Judy Haptonstall confirmed Monday.

Coach Lauren Redfern was placed on paid leave late last week, Haptonstall said. She was unsure if the action was taken on Thursday or Friday because Haptonstall was out of town. Redfern was not on the bench for the Longhorns basketball game Friday night.

“The whole case is being turned over to law enforcement,” Haptonstall said. She said the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office was contacted.

The school district took action as soon as officials learned information, she said. She wouldn’t disclose the nature of the incident because it is a personnel issue. Haptonstall stressed that the welfare of students is the district’s top concern.

Eagle County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jessie Mosher said the agency is consulting with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office to discuss some jurisdiction issues in relation to a possible incident involving a person at Basalt High School.

“We have a detective who is working with Pitkin County on this particular incident,” Mosher said. The detective consulted with Pitkin County officials on Friday, she said.

Mosher said she couldn’t discuss any other details of the incident at this time.

Redfern graduated in 2004 from Basalt High School, where she was a star basketball player. She was hired as the girls basketball coach at the school in 2010.

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