By RONNIE ELLIS
A task force established by the General Assembly to review middle school athletics began Monday reviewing more than 50 recommendations from its individual members, most of them concerning student-athlete safety and coaches’ requirements.
Those will be whittled down and compiled into a draft of final recommendations by task force co-chairs Sen. Mike Wilson, R-Bowling Green, and Rep. Carl Rollins, D-Midway, which the task force will then amend or vote up or down at its Nov. 26 meeting.
The task force was authorized by legislation sponsored by Rep. Bob Damron, D-Nicholasville, and passed by the 2012 General Assembly following requests from groups like the Kentucky Middle School Football Association and others.
Currently individual school districts govern the administration of middle school athletics although the Kentucky High School Athletic Association has statutory authority to govern interscholastic athletics down to the sixth grade level. But with a staff of 13 — four of which are administrative support positions — responsible for oversight of 280 member high schools, the KHSAA has never sought authority from the Kentucky Board of Education to govern middle school athletics.
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