The new Albemarle County Public Schools Athletic Council held its first meeting last night and I already have a homework assignment. First, here is the statement of purpose and the list of founding members of this advisory group formed by Superintendent Pam Moran:
Purpose: To advance, discuss, and communicate ideas for the continuous improvement of the student athlete's experience.
- Christine Fortner, President
(Student rep-Junior at WAHS)
- Scott Hendrix, President-Elect (Parent rep-AHS)
- Brud Bicknell (Coaches rep-MHS)
- Fitz Barnes, Steve Heon, and Deb Tyson
(HS Athletic Directors)
- Matt Haas (ACPS Director of Secondary Education)
- Brian Wheeler (School Board observer)
As you can see, we have representation from each of the comprehensive high schools and have included students, parents, coaches, athletic directors, central office staff, and the school board. In 2010-2011, the council will expand to have two students, two parents, and two coaches. A rotation system is also in place (e.g. next year the new student addition will be from Monticello HS).
MY HOMEWORK - YOUR INPUT!
Our next meeting is December 7, 2009. The council members have decided to begin our work by collecting feedback within our community networks in response to the following question:What can we do to improve the experience of our student athletes?
If you have ideas you would like to have the new Athletic Council consider, please do any of the following: 1) send them to me by e-mail (please let me know if you wish to remain anonymous); 2) leave a public comment on this post below (please enter your first and last name); 3) call me at 434-984-2233; or 4) reach out to any other member of the Council and share your feedback directly with them.