A parent shares his perspective:
“I was very disappointed with the handling of the cross country running ban. Multiple decisions were made that really had me scratching my head. While I did not agree with the ban, this wasn’t the biggest concern for me. I was open to learning why this decision was made but no one would offer any rationale. So my problem is with the process: no input from parents or citizens, no openness about making the decision, no facts presented to support the decision, no follow-up, being told misinformation and non-truths, and a lack of accountability (school administrators said it was Board Policy while the Board said it was the administrators decision to make). This results in a lack of trust.”
Update: December 17, 2013
As the year ends, a few things to be thankful for:
- Both the Boys and Girls XC Teams stayed focused and positive this past fall season.
- The support of the XC Team by parents, community members, and Radford’s school staff and administrators.
- Great XC Coaches and Mentors.
- People throughout the world that visited this site and shared a common interest in youth and running.
- The willingness of some Radford Schools’ administrators and school board members to be flexible and responsive to new information.
- Road running returning to Radford.
From the Bobcat Boosters Website:
With the 2013 Cross Country season getting off to a bad start, the RHS boys and girls were determined… with the Boys Varsity team finishing in 2nd place in the state finals and the Girls Varsity team winning a state championship for the first time in RHS history. Read more and see pictures…
Update: October 22, 2013
While the road restrictions placed on the team members have been an unfortunate distraction and more importantly made for less rigorous training, there is reason to be hopeful as the Radford Schools’ Administrators have shown flexibility by allowing some less restrictive road training. It is not nearly enough, but given the few weeks left in the season, any additional progress at this time will have limited impact. We hope that more streets, specifically ones with less traffic, will continue to be added back to the cross country team’s training routes.
From WDBJ7 coverage of School Board Meeting on Sept. 10, 2013:
“No real evidence has been presented as to why this ban was made.”
A parent said the board made its decision without qualified information and may have implemented the ban illegally, citing a state statute by a very specific section of code.
“As you know, 2.23711 sets out limited exemptions and business the school board can conduct outside of public view.”