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School board looks to limit sports, activity practice time

Brady school officials say extra-curricular activity sponsors should be able to get everything they need to accomplish done in two-hour practices or less, leaving students ample evening time for homework and family.

Brady school board members had mixed reactions, however, to a suggestion that coaches and sponsors who keep activity participants too long should be reprimanded.

During Monday’s regular monthly school board meeting, superintendent Bill Porter told board members that some basketball practices have gone beyond the general activity guideline of two hours.

“I believe these practices should be done by 6:15,” Porter said. “I don’t think kids need to stay here watching film after that.”

The final bell dismisses students from eighth-period classes at 4:04 p.m. Basketball practices typically begin at 4:15 p.m.

Porter said he’d like to see students done with practice and out of the school no later than 6:30 p.m.

But with one season of activities already complete, board member Tracey Porter objected to limiting the time now.

“You let it happen for football and you let it happen for volleyball and now you’re going to crack down on basketball?” she said. “That doesn’t seem fair to basketball coaches. I think if you’re going to do this, you need to wait and do it next year or not at all.”

Board member Mary Ellen Mann disagreed.

“I think this should be changed for all activities immediately,” Mann said. “Kids need to have time at home.”

Principal Bruce Hird said administrators communicated the unwritten expectation of a two-hour time limit to coaches and sponsors.

“But without a policy, there’s not much we can do about it,” he said.

The board agreed to consider inserting a practice time limit

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