School district looking to end negative perception about extracurricular activities

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by Andrew Michalscheck

azfamily.com

Posted on September 15, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Updated Saturday, Sep 15 at 11:45 AM

PHOENIX -- Scottsdale Unified School Board member Eric Meyer is working to make sure all students in the district have an equal opportunity to enjoy extracurricular activities.

There had been complaints that kids whose parents donated to booster clubs were getting preferential treatment, so the district decided to construct new guidelines.

“It isn’t that there has been a conflict of interest at our schools, but just the appearance that there is a conflict leads to potential problems,” said Meyer.

Despite the new guidelines, some parents still have concerns.

Many parents are worried about the close relationship with the booster clubs, particularly because it appears as if booster parents were allowed to sit in on the hiring of Arcadia High School’s new baseball coach.

A recent flyer for Arcadia’s spirit line also has some parents concerned about whether their child will have an equal opportunity to participate.

The spirit line’s coach, Paula Carr, also owns Paula Carr’s Dance Academy where she held a summer camp. Some parents feel students who couldn’t pay the $200 to participate in the camp were at a disadvantage.

The flyer states that kids who don’t attend camp won’t learn the first dance routine, and the routine won’t be taught again. It goes on to state that kids who don’t properly learn the routine won’t be able to perform.

Meyer said they’re trying to improve the negative perception by running camps through the community schools program.

“We are just in the first steps of trying to make things better for all kids in the district,” Meyer stated.

Meyer adds that they are also working to improve academic standards for students who participate in extracurricular activities.

 

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