Proposed athletic contract concerns board members |

Proposed athletic contract concerns board members

William Ferchland

An attempt by Douglas County school administrators to change discipline for athletes caught using controlled substances was given a full-court press by perturbed district trustees.

Led by Trustee George Echan, members of the board expressed displeasure with the perceived hastiness by administrators to adopt the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association’s discipline policy for student athletes.

The district has its own policy for athletes caught using alcohol or drugs. The implementation of the NIAA’s policy would realign it with other districts.

The NIAA’s policy includes eight hours of prevention education after the first offense. Students who complete the educational section would have their suspension from their team reduced.

It also includes incentives for parents to tell the district that their child was using alcohol or drugs.

The new student contract, which the parent would sign, would have a clause stating that parents who fail to notify or provide wrong information to the district could result in the child being ineligible for the year.

Echan, a Zephyr Cove attorney, was concerned with the possible disillusionment that the district would put suspended athletes on the field quickly “under the guise” of completed education.

Board trustees also sought numbers that other districts who follow NIAA discipline policies, such as Washoe County, which is piloting the program.

Trustee Connie Wennhold wanted the discipline to include band members and other participants of extracurricular activities.

“They’re representing the school just the way sports are representing the school,” she said.

Keith Roman believed no matter the incentive, parents would not notify the district of their childs’ indiscretions.

Susan Baldwin, athletic administrator for Douglas High School, thought otherwise.

“What we’re hoping is it would let the borderline parents do the right thing,” she said.

Roy Casey, assistant superintendent for business services, said the committee would return to the board next month with more information.

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