Policy 652




    While recognizing the priority of the academic program, the School Board is aware of the research indicating the value and importance of co-curricular athletic and activity programs in support of the academic mission of the schools.  The Board is also aware of the contribution these activities make to the development of positive character and physical, social, leadership, and citizenship skills.  The Board therefore wishes to provide as wide a range of activities as possible within available resources.


    The Board recognizes that student interest in interscholastic activity participation changes over time and that offerings available to students must change in response.  In addition, the School Board supports the goal of gender equity in athletic competition.  Therefore, the School Board charges the athletic administrator with the development and implementation of a process to regularly survey student interest regarding interscholastic offerings.  The superintendent is responsible for the implementation of a process for considering the addition and deletion of activities.


    Secondary students will be surveyed at least every other year to determine interest in interscholastic offerings.  The information collected through student surveys will be used to identify potential additions or deletions to interscholastic offerings.  Students also may initiate consideration of interscholastic program changes through petitions directed to the school principal demonstrating substantial student interest in a particular activity.


    Potential interscholastic activity offering additions will be judged on the following criteria.  Consideration will be given to adding an activity if:


    1.      It will address an imbalance in offerings between boys and girls sports (pertains to athletic offerings only).


    2.      It will address an imbalance in participation rates between boys and girls.


    3.      There is sufficient interest and ability to sustain a viable program.


    4.      There is a reasonable expectation of interscholastic competition.


    5.      The activity is sponsored by the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) or there is a reasonable expectation that it soon will be.


    6.      Appropriate facilities and coaching/supervision are available, or can be provided to accommodate the program.


    Interscholastic activity programs may be considered for deletion when any of the above criteria no longer are satisfied.


    Potential interscholastic program changes will be reviewed initially by the athletic administrator and appropriate school principal in light of the above criteria.  The building principal is responsible for forwarding the requests to the superintendent with a recommendation.  The superintendent, in turn, will review the request and forward it with a recommendation and supporting data to the School Board for action.  Interscholastic activities considered for deletion also will be presented to the School Board with a recommendation and supporting rationale for Board consideration and action.


    The addition and deletion of levels of competition within an activity will be governed by the number of participants and budget considerations.  Where the number of participants justifies two or more levels of competition at least one assistant coach/advisor will be provided for each of the levels below varsity. Activities where specific coaching/advising specialties are required may be allocated additional assistant coaches/advisors.


    Legal Reference:  20 U.S.C. § 1681 et seq. (Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972)

    ADOPTED  BY  THE  BOARD  OF  EDUCATION:  November 15, 1993

    AMENDED BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION:    January 18, 2000; July 19, 2004