LANCASTER - The Garrard County Board of Education decided Tuesday night to follow the lead of the high school's football coach in an effort to improve academics among student athletes.
In a discussion of athletic eligibility at its monthly meeting, the board was so impressed by the successes of Garrard County coach Steve Stonebraker that it voted to duplicate his approach throughout the district.
During the season Stonebraker uses "study tables," which football players who are struggling in the classroom are required to attend twice a week for an hour of tutoring and extra work.
"It's not something that's designed for their enjoyment," he told the board.
The approach paid off. Of the players who attended the study tables, only one was deemed academically ineligible for sports. Moreover, the team grade point average was 2.66. Before the season the team set a goal of a 2.5 team GPA.