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When there is interest or a request to add a co-curricular activity at a school, how often will the co-curricular committee consider such requests? That’s one of the issues the committee faced at its most recent meeting on Sept. 25. It is among seven deployment issues set before them from the superintendent and cabinet.
In July, the group identified a list of issues that needed addressed and/or resolved. Cabinet selected seven areas for the co-curricular committee to work on and have completed by June 30, 2014.
1. Review Board Policy 5341 – The Administrative Regulations have not been revised since 2000. It is felt there are outdated practices and many missing pieces to the regs. Terry Hooker reported that the regulations are not being followed. The group felt it could provide the most immediate attention to this issue and set a timeline of November to have work completed.
2. Opportunities for innovation in co-curricular activities/sport requests – As part of a flexible and agile organization, the Activities and Athletics Office receives requests for new sports or activity offerings at schools. Those requests are put before the co-curricular committee for review and a recommendation to the superintendent. The committee decided to provide timely action on requests by reviewing them each fall, winter and spring.
3. Evaluate student activity participation
4. Help with needs in buildings and address new activities
5. When and who communicates out to schools and principals – Students were given a survey (Voice of the Student) last year that asked them what activities they participated in and what activities they’d like to see offered. The group will review the results and analyze the data to determine participation and help develop plans to address needs and new activities. Membership felt they could have this complete by January.
6. Cut policy for 9th grade athletics – When a student goes out for sports as a Freshman, it depends on which school they attend whether they will be cut from the team or not. There is no standard cut policy for 9th grade athletics. At some schools, students can be cut if they don’t meet certain skill requirements. At other schools, everyone plays. Facing the committee is the task of standardizing the policy to make it aligned across the district. The timeline set for this task is February.
7. 6th grade athletics offerings – Currently, football is not offered as a sport for 6th graders. Instead 6th graders can play through the midget football organization. The committee will study what activity/athletic offerings are available to 6th graders and make recommendations on changes, if any. The group hopes to have this complete by February.
The committee brainstormed goal areas to give leadership some guidance as to what the group sees as the biggest areas of concentration to make an impact on the success of co-curricular activities in the district. Cabinet and the Activities and Athletics staff will work together using these areas to craft workable goals. Key ideas included maximizing unit allocation, listening to the students, and making the best use of resources.
The Co-Curricular Standing Committee meets again on Oct. 23, 2013.