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Smithtown Board of Ed to Review Its Athletic Policies

Smithtown Board of Education will meet 8 p.m. Tuesday at its New York Avenue building.

Smithtown High School East's football field (Patch file photo).
Smithtown High School East's football field (Patch file photo).
Smithtown school officials plan to review and change the district's policies on students involvement in extracurricular and athletic activities. 

Smithtown Board of Education will host a public meeting at 8 p.m. Tuesday at New York Avenue administrative building. All are welcome to attend. 

On their agenda, the board trustees are expected to review and edit the district's policies governing students involvement in extracurricular activities and interscholastic sports on Thursday night. 

In sports, the Board of Education will consider adding a clause to it's Interscolastic Eligibility procedures that states, "selected students in grades 7&8 may participate on the varsity interscholastic athletic teams under the provisions of the selection classification program."

This selection classification program is outlined under the Board of Education's policy 5280 requiring input from the middle school coaches, student's physical education teacher, school administrator, guidance counselor, parents/guardian and doctor.  

The revised policies, if approved, will also require extracurricular advisors and sports coaches to set a minimum attendance requirement and behavioral requirements students must meet in order to participate in the group's events. 

To read Smithtown Board of Education's complete agenda on the district's website, click here
scsddad January 14, 2014 at 06:24 PM
It sounds like they plan to cut middle school sports
Hasyayoga January 18, 2014 at 11:31 AM
They cut JV II Track and Field 2 years ago...and those amazing coaches turned no one away. Especially the students who enjoyed the outdoors, but were not stellar athletes. Do middle school children have the physical body development (ie: growth plates) to compete with such older athletes...or are we setting ourselves up for personal injury lawsuits??

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