Articles tagged with sports

August issue of ASBJ marks Title IX anniversary

The August issue of the American School Board Journal is now live and as always includes a number of spectacular features including a cover package on the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the federal law that prohibits educational discrimination on the basis of gender.

You’ll also find great how-to and how-not-to advice in articles about process and performance management, stopping sexual misconduct by teachers, and telling your story to the public.

Enjoy these last weeks of summer before gearing up for another successful school year.




Naomi Dillon|August 2nd, 2012|Categories: American School Board Journal|Tags: , , , |

New on

The August edition of ASBJ, now online,  arrives at the same time many school athletic programs are gearing up. And while we wish every team a great season, our main concern and our cover package, is focused on keeping students safe. Toward this end, the cover story provides some insight on youth concussions, which despite growing attention and state legislation, remains a largely misunderstood injury.  A tandem article, written by Orange County Superintendent of Schools William Habermehl, provides a first-hand account of the risks and precautions that districts and schools need to take to protect their student athletes. Rounding out the series is an examination of another athletic safeguard of sorts— booster club funds, which increasingly subsidize athletic participation at schools. Read these and other great features from the August issue, now available online.

Naomi Dillon|August 2nd, 2011|Categories: Athletics, American School Board Journal|Tags: , , , , |

Sports often the first to go

Early on in his life, Jim Richardson set his sights on doing two things: becoming a cop, like his father, and becoming an Olympic gold medal champion.

“Well, I fell a little short on the Olympics,” says Richardson, who is the police chief in Grand Meadow, Minn.  Though he did never earn a spot on the Olympics team, the long-time wrestler did earn a number of international and national sports awards. But more importantly, he’s earned the trust and respect of the many high school students he’s coached over the last 15 years.

“I like to get the kids who are skinny on life and feed him my recipe and let him just play,” Richardson says. “Tell him, ‘You know, some problems just aren’t that big.'”

Unfortunately, the current state of the economy is and Grand Meadow, like many other school districts across the country is running up against hard financial times, as state and local revenue dwindle and operational costs continue to rise. Just last year, the small, rural district came out of statutory debt, though that may be shortlived, since the state has already indicated that it will keep state aid flat next year, after giving schools a paltry two percent increase this year.

“That two percent, all it did was help us pay for the diesel fuel for three buses,” says Grand Meadow Superintendent Joe Brown. “I wish someone would tell me how they came up with the inflation rate for schools because  our diesel fuel doubled, our food costs went up double-digit, and our health care costs went up 12 percent.”


Naomi Dillon|December 19th, 2008|Categories: Governance, Policy Formation, Budgeting, American School Board Journal|Tags: , |
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