• District Approves Plans for School, Tennis Court Expansion

    by Frances Parrish November 2015

    The Anderson School District 1 board of trustees voiced their approval of plans for expansion and tennis courts at a meeting Tuesday night. Preliminary drawings illustrate what the eight-classroom addition at the back of Concrete Primary School would look like. Four of the classrooms would be larger than traditional classrooms to accommodate kindergarten classes.

  • Gym Mat Death: Lawsuits Defy Resolution

    by Christian Boone November 2015

    For more than two years, two Valdosta families have anxiously awaited the findings of a federal investigation into how Kendrick Johnson came to die in a rolled-up gym mat. One is the family of the dead 17-year-old. Kenneth and Jacquelyn Johnson remain confident that investigators will ultimately bring charges against two brothers they believe killed their son, according to a family spokesman. The other is the family of Brian and Branden Bell, the teenagers named in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the Johnsons earlier this year. The Johnsons claim that the brothers killed Kendrick at the behest of their father, FBI agent Rick Bell.

  • District Puts All Future Construction Projects on Hold

    by Melissa Silverberg November 2015

    An Illinois Supreme Court ruling from earlier this fall has Northwest Suburban High School District 214 putting all new construction projects on hold until at least 2017. The September court decision, which stemmed from bleachers put up at Crystal Lake South High School without the city's permission, found that school districts are subject to local zoning laws, and set a precedent for how school districts handle construction projects, District 214 officials said.

  • High School Rifle Raffle Causes Community Concern

    by Jason Scott November 2015

    Vance Koppenhafer, a graduate and supporter of Mancos (Col.) High School, is raising eyebrows and concerns for organizing a raffle of a firearm to benefit the school’s athletic programs.

  • Forum Set on High School Sports Participation Fees

    by Jeremy P. Kelley November 2015

    The debate over pay-to-play school sports fees comes to Dayton today, as a state senator interested in banning the fees will hold a public forum on the topic.

  • Gunfire Halts HS Football Game; Three Teens Arrested

    by Stuart Goldman November 2015

    Gunfire erupted near the end of a Florida state high school playoff game last Friday night, sending teams, officials and fans scurrying for cover.

  • Prep Football Player On Field Despite Criminal Record

    by Nick Williams November 2015

    One exasperated Hillsborough County father has this warning to parents: The player suiting up next to your son or daughter in the locker room could be a criminal. The dad's anger stems from a case in which a Durant High School football player was accused of assaulting the man's son in June 2014 at a football camp in Polk County. The father says the assault was sexual in nature and that he transferred the victim's older brother and subsequently the victim, who at the time was about to enter the eighth grade, to another school to give them a fresh start. The accused player on March 4 pleaded no contest to felony battery and three counts of misdemeanor battery, accord ing to a court document provided by the family. In April, a Polk County judge placed the student on probation.

  • Opinion: Making Students Pay to Play Unfair, Short-Sighted

    by George Smith November 2015

    What's next? Paying to play in the school band? The pervasive drive to make students pay to play sports is unfair, short-sighted and ought to be stopped before it spreads to other extracurricular opportunities, including music. When I grew up in the 1960s in Winthrop, all school activities proved to be valuable, learning experiences, whether it was studying Latin, playing basketball or singing in the choir. And really, how can we justify charging students who play sports and not students who participate in other extra-curricular activities? They are all important and worthy of support. I want every Maine kid to be able to experience all of this and more.

  • HS Basketball Player Dies After Collapsing During Practice

    by Jason Scott November 2015

    A female basketball player at Notre Dame High School in California has died after collapsing during practice.

  • Eye Gouging HS Football Player Faces Sanctions

    by Paul Walsh November 2015

    A Minneapolis North High School football player will be disciplined for gouging an eye of a rival player Saturday late in his team's loss in the Class 1A Prep Bowl title game, an official with the Minnesota State High School League said Tuesday.