School Board Recap

At the latest district 203 school board meeting, the group discussed implementing a policy regarding student athlete concussions and head injuries, per a new state mandate.

The board decided the proposed policy should state:

-A student who shows symptoms of a concussion be removed from practice and games.
-Said athlete can’t return until cleared by a physician or certified athletic trainer
-Coaches, athletes, and parents will be provided with materials regarding the risk of concussions and head injuries
-All athletes and their parents must be notified of this policy and sign off on it.

These are all practices the district is currently implementing, just without a formal policy.

But board member Suzan price was concerned something might be missing.

“What are we going to do for a student who gets a concussion in terms of academics?” said Price. “According to the professionals, they shouldn’t be taking exams.”

The board also heard from the district’s chief financial officer regarding whether to keep or return to taxpayers about $3-million in property taxes.

If the district were to abate the tax, the average taxpayer with a $375,000 home would be refunded about $95.

Brad Cauffman suggested keeping the money to help pay off previous loans issued in 2008 and 2009 or to fund capital improvements as part of the facilities master plan.

The board made no action regarding either the concussion policy or the taxes but plans to do so at their next meeting on March 17th.

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