• 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.

  • Opinion: "Tim Tebow Act" Should Be Shot Down

    by Debra K. Sullivan February 2016

    Senate Bill 105, the "Tim Tebow Act," is problematic in several important ways and should be torpedoed. The Bill requires that homeschool children and those attending private schools be permitted to play on public school athletic teams. But at what and whose cost? Consider these points: 1. The balance within a school team, based on the school's carefully nurtured, already developed environment, will be disrupted.

  • HS Turf Needs Replacing, But Cost a Concern

    by Yoohyun Jung February 2016

    Cienega High School's artificial turf is aging, and its deteriorating conditions pose concerns for student and community safety, district officials say. But the Vail School District is facing a dilemma: Replacing the football stadium turf would cost about $450,000. Administrators say that in these trying times for school finance, that amount is difficult to justify. There has been a spike in injuries -- though none of them were permanent -- in the past 1 1/2 years as a result of the turf's poor conditions, said Nemer Hassey, Cienega's principal. The turf was first installed in 2005; the district was told then it would probably last eight years.

  • First Female HS Football in Fla. Coach Could Open Doors

    by Jodie Wagner February 2016

    Lakatriona "Bernice" Brunson, a tow truck driver and business manager who is featured on the truTV show "South Beach Towing," will coach the Miami Jackson High School varsity team when it takes the field this fall.

  • HS Negotiates with Tribal Leaders to Keep Name, Mascot

    by Alisha Roemeling February 2016

    Officials at one Oregon high school are optimistic a recent change in state rules may let them keep the school's long-held Native American mascot name and image after all.