• Board Discusses Cheerleading's Status as Sport

    by James Yodice February 2016

    Currently, cheer/spirit is considered a sport by the NMAA, but executive director Sally Marquez said the schools may get to decide for themselves in the near future.

  • Hazing Incident Emerges, HS Rescinds Offer to Coach

    by Mark Gokavi February 2016

    Fairborn City Schools interim Superintendent Terry Riley repeatedly told other school officials that football coaching candidate Britton Devier was heavily vetted, according to district emails obtained by this newspaper. Riley also worried about someone finding something negative about Devier, who accepted the coaching job Feb. 4 only to have the offer rescinded by the district's board of education in an emergency session Feb. 8. A statement from school officials said the decision to pull the offer to Devi-er came after the district did more "research and reflection." Devier was named in a 2014 federal civil lawsuit in northeast Ohio brought by the parents of a Woodmore High School student who alleged their son suffered a traumatic brain injury in a hazing drill. Devier was dismissed as a defendant and was not a party to the out-of-court settlement reached last month. No criminal charges were filed in the case.

  • Focus Should Be Rejecting, Not Just Reporting Abuse

    by Jay Greeson February 2016

    A big chunk of the conversation and the testimony Monday in Hamilton County Juvenile Court about the Ooltewah assault case centered on training. Who should have reported what and when was at the heart of the legal issues before Judge Rob Philyaw. He decided to send the Class A misdemeanor charges against Owls coaches Andre Montgomery and Karl Williams and athletic director Jesse Nayadley to the grand jury, meaning he felt the burden of proof was met that they did not inform the Department of Children's Services of the sexual assault on four basketball freshmen during a December tournament outside Gatlinburg, Tenn.

  • Burst Pipe Floods HS Gym, Forces Teams Out

    by Josh Weinreb February 2016

    Hanover High School has been forced to find alternate practice and game arrangements for its basketball teams for at least the rest of the week after water from a burst pipe flooded the school's gymnasium. Around 2 p.m. on Monday, a pipe from the sprinkler system located in the hallway just outside the gymnasium burst, leaking water onto the floor. As Hanover grounds and maintenance director Jonathan Brush theorized, the burst most likely was caused by extreme freezing conditions outside.

  • Board Split on Transgender Restroom Approach

    by Shelby Webb February 2016

    Sarasota County schools will decide on a case-by-case basis whether to allow transgender students to use the restroom that best matches their gender identities or to require them to use the restroom corresponding to their gender at birth. But that could change.

  • HS Transfer Ruled Ineligible by Committee

    by Zach Duncan February 2016

    Justin Jones won’t be eligible to compete in varsity athletics at Holliday until next spring after the UIL’s state executive committee denied the sophomore’s appeal Tuesday afternoon.

  • Program Seeks to Bring Golf to Schools

    by Phil Anderson February 2016

    Shellie Stahly had never played golf before Wednesday morning, but you never would have known it by watching her send a ball sailing during the Midwest Golf in Schools program training session for local teachers at Washburn Rural High School, 5900 S.W. 61st. After receiving instruction from Jeff Burey, director of the Golf in Schools Program operated by the Professional Golfers Association Midwest Section, Stahly - a physical education teacher at Pauline Central Elementary School - carefully positioned herself and her club before whacking a soft practice ball with her club.

  • School Board Approves Fieldhouse Construction

    by Thomas Doohan February 2016

    Board members voted to accept a bid from CCI Construction for a project improving the Wilbur Berkey Fieldhouse during their meeting Feb. 8. The contract the district signed with the Canton-based company is for $374,672. Superintendent Judy Robinson said the base of the project will be renovating the locker rooms on the west side of the Berkey Fieldhouse.

  • Hazing Case: Charges Against Adults Sent to Grand Jury

    by Kendi Anderson February 2016

    An investigator testified in court Monday that the assault of an Ooltewah teen was not rape, saying it was "something stupid kids do." But following his testimony, Hamilton County Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw said, "I'm troubled with the testimony we heard from the detective from Sevier County." He then sent the charges against three adults from Ooltewah High School to a Hamilton County Grand Jury. Philyaw said he had reasonable grounds to determine that a sexual assault occurred during the team's trip to Gatlinburg, Tenn., in December and that it was not reported to the Department of Children's Services, as required by law.

  • New Mexico Senate Approves Concussion Protocol Bill

    by Deborah Baker February 2016

    The state Senate on Saturday passed and sent to the House a bill that extends the mandatory rest period for student athletes and other young people who get concussions.