After a year spent poring through every aspect of school athletic policies, district officials are putting their stamp on the revised handbook and passing it to the Jessamine County Board of Education for approval.
The school board has heard from deputy superintendent Owens Saylor and athletic director Ken Cox at each of its monthly work sessions since last summer and discussed different aspects of athletics policy from travel and coach-athlete relationships to music at games and coach-parent relationships.
Local officials have been aided in the process by Dara Bass, the Kentucky School Boards Association’s director of policy and e-meeting services. KSBA is working with 26 districts to revise their athletics policies; Bass said the average handbook is about 40 pages and that Jessamine County is one of only two districts whose handbook exceeded 60 pages.
“They are exceptionally thorough and have added a dozen new areas and expanded others to make it crystal clear what the rules of the game, so to speak, are and provide that information to their coaching staff,” she said. “My hat’s really off to them; they’ve taken it very seriously.”