School Board members were notified about a parent contesting cheerleader try-out results on May 11, 2006.
Board member Baker Kurrus responded:
I appreciate the fact that a parent is upset, but I will wait to review all of this until it comes to the board, if it comes to the board. Is there some particular reason to examine this specifically, or perhaps should the topic be put on the agenda as a matter of policy? Somebody let me know if this is appropriate for board review at this time.
Then-Board member Tony Rose commented:
I have no intention of micromanaging the district. I'm just venturing my opinion here: we've done too much for these people already. I think Ms. Rousseau and the downtown administrators have more important things to do than deal with the angry parents of a spoiled child.
Then-Supt. Brooks responded in an e-mail to all board members:
There is no law, policy, or practice of which I am aware that would cause this issue to come to the board. If we begin to second guess and become involved in decisions that principals are making at this level, we could easily set a precedent where a disproportionate amount of our time is spent dealing with the parents of children who can’t effectively deal with a fair and objective process that determines the outcomes of competitions.
If this issue is allowed to come to the board for a hearing, and I have no intention of doing so, it would open the door for the board to be flooded with hearing requests from every athlete who doesn’t get to play on the team, every child who doesn’t get the lead role in the school play, every runner-up in every contest across the district. It would go on and on and on . . .
I have told Nancy that I support the school’s decision and that I believe it was just and fair. I am puzzled about why are we even discussing an issue of cheerleading try-outs when we have a district with such urgent and pressing educational needs - - such as those outlined last night. I agree with Mr. Rose’s point that the result of a cheerleading trial is not a matter of district policy and properly does not belong before you.
Board member Micheal Daugherty then commented:
Roy, in all fairness the decision to bring this to the board is not an option for the superintendent. It is the final step in any appeal at the district level. It must be the board who decides whether or not this issue is heard. FYI, an appeal can be made under board policy JBA [the non-discrimination policy I mentioned earlier].
There, the record ends. No board hearing was held. A lawsuit was filed. The controversy simmers on