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|Athletic Eligibility Changes Approved at Knoxville High School
|Two-and-a-half hours of discussion about, primarily, the consequences of being found academically ineligible to take part in athletics in Knoxville High School has resulted in some changes an administrators say remain tough, but also fair.
The District-202 Board Wednesday night approved a number of changes to the student handbooks at KHS; but the most talked about among them were related to eligibility, and board members directed Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Chad Bahnks to require that students found ineligible to take mandatory tutoring the school will set up instead of practicing, in addition to being unable to play and possibly practice.
Bahnks tells WGIL the current punishment of being ineligible for a whole semester just wasn't fair. "As the board started to talk about it, they felt that, maybe, (the current policy) was a little too strict and didn't give the 'carrot' they talked about," Bahnks said. "By reforming our policy that we have now, I believe the 'carrot' is there for the kids. Hopefully, they're able to achieve what everybody wants them to achieve."
A student will also end up being ineligible for 25-percent of the season versus the whole season, but could get a chance to return to the team if their grades improve.
The board also approved a change making students who miss class to make up homework but at a lesser grade.
The Knoxville School Board Wednesday night also approved pay raises for the district's hourly employees, and they approved an increase in health insurance costs that Superintendent Larry Carlton said was only two-percent higher than last year -- which he says was good considering he was recently told it would likely be five percent, and he budgeted for ten.
|05 21 09 by Newsroom
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