School Board may revisit athletic trainer issue

If at first you can’t succeed, try, try again.

While a proposal to provide athletic trainers at limited Warren County School District sporting events failed to make it through committee last August, the board has decided to take up the issue again, likely at committee meetings in April.

Board member Mary Anne Paris said that “someone” approached the board previously with an offer to volunteer “athletic trainers to some events.”

She asked that the issue be discussed again, especially as the district approaches budget time.

Board President Arthur Stewart acknowledged that the issue of athletic trainers is “integrally tied to the budget” and specifically mentioned “revisiting athletic trainers with Warren General Hospital.”

The agreement rejected last year was offered by Warren General Hospital, and included athletic trainer services for varsity home football games within Warren County at no cost to the district.

The agreement did not extend the offer to other sports or even guarantee the offer for the football games.

According to a provision of the agreement, “Conditioned upon availability of qualified personnel, hospital will use its best efforts to provide a trainer at every district varsity football game. Hospital and district recognize that there may be periods when a trainer is unavailable. Hospital will make a good faith effort, but shall not be obligated, to obtain trainer coverage to ensure the services of a trainer.”

Stewart said at the time that an agreement covering only varsity football could bring up issues with Title 9 compliance, as it would exclude girls’ sports.