Board to review extracurricular policy |

Board to review extracurricular policy

by Merrie Leininger

The Douglas County School Board will review a new extracurricular activities policy that stresses respect at its meeting today at Kingsbury Middle School.

According to the board’s agenda, John Soderman, assistant superintendent of personnel, met with coaches, administrators and teachers several times to revise a vague policy that has been in place since 1980.

“We felt there was a need for a policy that stated expectations for coaches, athletes and people involved in clubs and also expectations for community members. It is kind of a pro-active approach to stating what our priorities are,” said Andy Hughes, Douglas High School athletics director.

Hughes said coaches and other teachers have been involved in the revision for about a year now. He said the proposed policy stresses respect for everyone involved in the activities.

“I think it’s a mutual respect type of deal. We put it out so if we have to hold people accountable for their actions, we have this to point to,” Hughes said.

The proposed policy lists many requirements and responsibilities of student athletes and those involved in co-curricular activities. It also lists expectations for coaches, advisors, parents and spectators.

Student participants and spectators are expected to:

-Be role models for others.

-Remember that it is a privilege and a responsibility to represent the school and community.

-Respect and cooperate with those who administer the competition.

-Respect the judgment and decisions of coaches and game officials.

-Engage in sportsmanlike conduct at all times.

-Bring problems and concerns to the attention of the coach/advisor first.

n Adhere to all eligibility requirements.

The policy states the district has the right to exclude anyone who does not comply with the policy.

Coaches and advisers are expected to:

-Conduct themselves as professional, responsible role models who represent the district.

-Consider appropriately provided feedback from students and parents.

-Ensure student safety.

-Be evaluated by the appropriate site administrator using a standard form established by the school district.

-Have their athletic program evaluated by the athletic director.

The policy also lists student eligibility requirements and how coaches are to pick students through tryouts.

-Meeting. The school board meeting is 3:30 p.m. today in the KMS library. Public comment is at 6 p.m.