Triton revising athletic discipline policy

BOURBON – A rare insight into the workings of a school board was offered Tuesday morning as the Triton School Board met in a public work session.

At issue was a revision of the Athletic Handbook proposed by Athletic Director Mason McIntyre. It was clear that McIntyre and the board members agreed that the current handbook is too vague with regard to punishment steps when student athletic policy is violated.

The current “three strike” procedure, while attempting to rectify violations in an equitable manner, does not contain enough action steps required of the student violator to adequately train students to recognize and abide by current policies, all agreed.

The proposed change specifies “four strikes” or steps.

“While it might seem at first glance that the new policy is more lenient with an extra ‘strike’ than the old one,” McIntyre said, “the truth is that it is more stringent and more easily understood and enforced.”

Triton’s academic requirements for athletes is already tougher than Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) standards. That will not change with the new policies. Now, however, a very clear timeline and set of action steps will allow student athletes and parents to know exactly what is required at each step of the remediation process.

(Details on the proposed changes are outlined in the June 6 edition of the Pilot News.)