POTTSTOWN PA – The newest sport in the Pottsgrove School District may be paperwork mountain climbing, Business Administrator David Nester has told the Board of School Directors.
Nester recently (Sept. 25, 2012) warned the board of new athletic statistical reporting requirements that take effect during 2013 under federal Title IX, which deals with discrimination and equal opportunity in sports and teams conducted or sponsored by educational institutions. Coping with it, Nester said, “will be a monstrous undertaking” for which the district is already preparing.
Pottsgrove, like other districts, in the past has been required to supply aggregate information about its student population and their athletic participation by gender and ethnicity. It also has forwarded stats about coaches, teams’ competitive schedules and games or matches played, and its history with specific sports.
Now, Nester said, the government wants to take a closer look at money received by and spent on high school sports, too. Pottsgrove is being asked to break out expenses by team, incurred by both taxpayers and related non-profit organizations like booster clubs; amounts spent on supplies, uniforms, travel and facilities; and compensations paid to coaches and athletic trainers.
Speaking of money, Nester added, the extra bookkeeping represents a unfunded mandate, one for which the district won’t be reimbursed or compensated.
However, Solicitor Marc Davis – who also works with districts elsewhere in Montgomery County – noted there may be a silver lining in the dark cloud Nester described. Davis has dealt with several schools involved in Title IX audits, and said the work demanded to satisfy auditors was as much as that sought for next year.
Because Pottsgrove is already studying ways to make compiling the statistics easier, the time invested now could represent “a blessing in disguise,” Davis said.
Related (to the Pottsgrove Board of School Directors’ Sept. 25 meeting):
- Up And Over: Pottsgrove Hurdles New Sports Paperwork
- Pottsgrove Says It Will Add Recess Aide At Ringing Rocks
- Ringing Rocks’ Recess Concerns Prompt Some Changes
- Three Down, One To Go In Pottsgrove Busing Issues
- Acting Superintendent Taps Experience From FL, OH, PA
- Pottsgrove Names Shellie Feola As Acting Superintendent
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