WICHITA, Kansas – USD 259 Board of Education meeting Monday night is sure to have many supporters of Michael Kelley, demanding action on the changing of a policy dealing with special needs kids earning a varsity letter.
Sunday afternoon, KSN sat down with Superintendent John Allison, who laid out his expectations and hope for the meeting.
“They’ll be the opportunity for folks to express their thoughts and opinions, the board may have questions, ask for more information,” said Allison.
Allison detailed the procedure the board will follow, saying it’s an involved process.
“If you think of a business meeting, there’s the discussion, the information gathering and then there might be a particular direction they’ll want to move,” said Allison
The superintendent tells KSN, the board frequently asks for his recommendations when making their decision.
So KSN asked the Superintendent what his recommendation would be right now.
“My recommendation at this point in time is lets see what the Tri County League, who operates these events for our students, lets see what their recommendations are,” said Allison.
Superintendent Allison points out, on a change in policy, decisions do not happen immediately.
Allison feels with this kind of decision, it could take some time and thought.
“It’s too important to just knee-jerk, right now, because we want to do it right, it has impact for our students,” said Allison.
KSN has reached out to board members Sunday and only one answered our call, so far.
None have given any indication, at this point, what their thoughts are on a district-wide policy.
FOLLOW THE TIMELINE OF THIS STORY:
- 4/05: Michael Kelley gets special treatment in San Antonio
- 4/02: Tri County League says special needs athletes will earn the same varsity letter
- 4/01: Rhode Island athlete collects varsity letters for Kansas boy with special needs
- 3/30: Mother of special needs athlete holds presser after USD 259 BOE meeting
- 3/30: USD 259 School Board hears from parents about varsity letters for special needs kids
- 3/30: Special needs student letter debate sparks social media uproar
- 3/29: USD 259 Superintendent lays out expectations for Mondays BOE meeting
- 3/29: USD 259 Superintendent talks about alternative sports recognition
- 3/29: East High principal responds to varsity letter controversy
- 3/28: Mom of special needs son fights for change in USD 259 district policy
- 3/28: Chicago Bulls assistant coach supports Michael Kelley
- 3/27: Debate continues over East High letter policy for special needs athletes
- 3/27: Schools reach out to special needs athlete
- 3/27: Local organization says inclusion vital to special needs kids
- 3/27: School district responds to student story
- 3/27: Students create petition for East High student to earn varsity letter
- 3/26: Mom says special needs son at East High told to remove his varsity letter