W.Va. Board of Education Seeks Public Comment

May 20, 2009

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Board of Education has voted to place a proposed policy change for the Secondary School Activities Commission on public comment for 30 days.
Board members at their May meeting placed amendments to policies governing athletics eligibility and contests on public comment. The policies apply to band and athletic programs.
One change would add a fourth championship classification for high school football, as well as girls and boys basketball. The plan is designed to decrease disparity in size between the largest and smallest schools in each of the classifications.
Another proposed change would shorten the seasons of sports other than basketball and football, including soccer, baseball, softball, golf, cross country, track and field, swimming, tennis, volleyball and wrestling. The proposal is designed to reduce transportation costs and increase instructional time.
The changes also clarify out of season coaching rules, provide limits for forfeiture of awards, provide an extra week to schedule games due to weather and the post-season tournament structure, and allow for consistency with state Board of Education policies.
Educators, parents and community members are encouraged to review the proposed changes and make suggestions. The policies can be viewed on the West Virginia Department of Education Web site at http://wvde.state.wv.us/policies.
For more information, contact the Office of Communications at (304) 558-2699.