1 KHSJG Fonn T62 R1W.%0! TITLE IX FINAL AUDIT REPORT (Forschoolsvisited dtlringthe schoolyear) School:Jaclkson County High Sclool Reviewed By:Fran Edw ards D ate of V isit: O ctober 21,2003 TelephoneNtunberofReviqwer:(859) C om pleted R equired Form s GE-19 YesX No D Survey StudentlnterestForm YesEAEIN o D Summ ary FormsT-1Through T-41YesZ No Q CorrectiveAction Plan tform T-60) YesEXEINoD 2. O pportupitiesc om ponentoftitleix Com pliance A rea of Com pliance: (Check OneorM oye) A B C SubstantialProportionality H istory and Contintling PracticeO f Program sexpansion Fuland Effective Accom m odation of Interestatzd Abilities
2 A).W asthesubstantialproportionalitytest(t-1)an areain which theschoolmettitleix Opportmitiescomplialwe? YesL No X W ere the calculationspedbrm ed eorrectly? YesQ No X Com m ents: B).W asthehistoryandcontinuingpractieeofprogram Expatlsion Test(T-2)an areain which the schoolm ettitle IX Opportmitiescompliance? YesD No EXEI W erethe calculationspetform ed correctly? YesX N o D Comm ents: C).W asthe FullandEffectiveAccommodationsoflnterestand AbilitiesTest (T-3)an areain which theschoolmettitleix Opportunitiescompliance? YesD No ExEl W erethe calculationsperfonned correctly? Y esu N o X C om m ents: 3.Hasthe schoolproperly suzveyed itsstudentbody to accurately assesstheinterestand abilities of itsstudents? YesU No X C om m ents: D uring the schoolyear,studentsin gradesnine through eleven responded to the Interscholastic Athletics Stlrvey during hom eroom. Of the 450 stlrveys,a totalof 179 w ere returned. Thisrepresents a rettrn rate of 401$. This is nota representative view of student interest.itisrecomm ended thata return rateof 70% be attained in the future.
3 4. Checklistof the Title IX C om onentsofthe InterscholastiePro ram Benefitto Satisfactory D eficient C om m ents Students Accam m odation X TheA ccom m odation of Interestand A bilitiesis oflnterestsand rated as detk ient. For the opportunities Abilities component of Title IX com plialw e, Jackson Cotmty H igh Schooldid notappearto passany of the three areas- SubstantialProportionality, H istory and Continuing Practice of Program Expansion nora ccom m odation of Interestand A bilities. For the school year, basketbaland softbalare offered for fem ale enrolm ent of 268. Responses to the Interscholastic Athletics Survey in 2002 mzd 2003 indicate there is a need for additional sportsofferings. ltisim perative thatthe issue of increasing opportunities forfem ale students at Jackson Cotm ty is addressed in the im m ediatefuture. Equipm entand X The quality of lpnifonnsiscom parable form ale Supplies and fem aleathletes. TheKHSAA AuditTeam suggests that the G ender Equity Review Comm ittee develop a written policy for the pm chase of replacem entuniform s. Scheduling of X A n early/late rotation schedule is in effed for Gam esand the use of the gym floor by the basketbal P*actice Tim e team s. For the basketba l season, the girls wilplay three of their seven home james during tprime time.' Thisyepresents 43% of theirhom econtests. Traveland Per X The schooland schoolboard sharethe costof Diem transportation for aw ay athletic contests Allow ances equaly. Transportation is not provided for practice and gam zs to the baseball/softba l fields, approxim ately twelve m iles from cam pus,norto the w eightroom,approxim ately three m ilesfrom campus.although itisnotan equity issue,due to liability concerns,school persolmel may wan.t to consider m aking transportation available to these facilities. Student athletes do not receive a m eal alotm ent. - 3-
4 Coaching X A copy Ofthe boazd approved salary schedule for coaching positions isto be m aintined i.n the school's perm anent Title IX file. Pay is comparable for coaches of m ale tenm s and coachesforfem aleteam s. Locker Room s, X The softbaland basebalfelds are looated at Practice and Tyner Elem entary School and are Com petitive Facilities ' approxim ately tw elvem ilesfrom cnm pus. The tields w ere established about fotlr years ago and com mtmity m embersand localbusinesses f'unded m ost of the cost for the construction m aterials. The school board purchased bleachers and protective covering for the fencing. H ow ever,only a sm allportion of the fencing for the sorba lfield is covered. Both team s share the concession stand,restroom s, storage and batting cage.the dugouts fortle basebalfield are m ade of concrete block;the dugoutsfor the softballfield areconstnlded of wood and m etalsheeting.lightswere installed atthebasebalfield in 1999 but,asof thisdate, lightshave notbeen added to the softballfield. Dtlring the KHSAA AuditTeam 'svisit,itwas m entioned thatthe schoolboard approved a package to have lights for the 2004 softbal Seasfm. Theweightroom,which opened in the falof 2002,ison the cam pusof the Jackson County Area Technology Centerwhieh islocated about tlu'eemilesfw m Jackson County High School, The weight room is well equipped and accessible fora 1team s. ltis suggested thata written schedtle be posted forthe use of the weightroom. Futureplansinclude building a new high schoolatthissite. Theon-campusgymnasium wasconskucted in lt is recom m ended that the Gender Equity Review Comm ittee develop a written policy for the display of bnnners and aw ards. Theboys'basketballlockerroom and thegirls' lockerroom aresm allbutcom parable, - 4 -
5 M edicaland X A commllnity doctor volunteers training Training selwicesforstudentathletes.the localem S is facilitiesand also oontacted priorto athletic events. Services Publicity X Schedtlecardsare printed foraltenm s. Support X The cheerleading squad performs for both Services boys' and girls' varsity tenm s at a1l hom e gpm es,district away gnmes and totmzaments. There ate no form aly organized booster g oups. However,com mtmity m embers have in the past cohered to accomplish specific goals. For example, w1t.14 school board approval, a com m unity group developed the softbal/baseball com plex. For any ftltlre Athletic Scholarships Tutoring H ousing and Dining Facilities and Services Recruitm entof StudentA thletes N/A X N/A N/A projects,itiscriticalthatschoolpersomlelbe intimately involved to ensure that eqtlity is m aintained. 5. BriefSumm ary/analysisofthecorreetiveaction Plan (T-60) The Corrective Action Plan subm itted with the AnnualReportidentifed tavo item s. The firstitem forcorrection wastheinstalation of lightsatthe softbaliield,'l'he date setforcompletion ism areh 1,2004. The second item wasto reestablish a Gender Equity Review Comm ittee by M ay 1,2003. The comm itteem eton October 14,2003. The nextm eeting isto be held within three m onths. 6. Observed Deficienciesin OverallGirlsand BoysAthleticsPrograms Atthis time,jackson County High Schoolappearsnotto be com pliantin the area of opporttm itiesforfem ale athletes. Achievem entof this goalshould be a top priority and effortsto addressthisinequity should beundertaken imm ediately.
6 7. Facility R ecom m endationsor C oncerns The facility concern noted by the KIISAA AuditTeam mem bersrelatesto the dispality between thesoftballfield and the baseballfield. Itiscriticaly importantthatthe school system m eetthem arch 4,2004 timetable ofadding lightsto thesoftballfield.also,itis recomm ended thatthe protective gum-d be extended to cover the appropriate fencing surrotmding the field. KH SAA R ecom m ended A ction L Notify Oo ce of CivilRightsand RequestFederalInvestigation of Possible Violations L Notify Equity Division and KBE of PotentialTitleIX Violations L Suspension f'rom the A ssociation Q Prohibition from PostSeason Play L Probation For L FineIn The Am ountof D None atthistim e X Schoolshallsubmitthe folowing additionalinformation: (Selection of Chevrleaders) On orbefore April15,2004,schoolpersormelare requested to provide inform ation to the KHSAA concerning the m anner in which cheerleadersareselected forboys'and girls'tenm s.if cheerleadersaze seleded in such a wayasto resultin arguably beter(i.e.(w 'tenm vs.ç% 'ten'm)cheerleadersperforming at boys'events,the schoolshallalso subm ita plan 'underwhich cheerleadersof equalability shalperform atan equalnumberofboys'and girls'gnmesin comparablesport(i.e., boys'varsity and girls'varsity basketbalgpme). (PrimeTimeContest/Girls'Baskdbal)On orbeforeapril15,2004,schoolpersonnel are requested to provide intbrm ation to the KHSAA conceraing the numberof dçprim e time'gamesscheduled (gamesto beplayed on Friday and/orsaturday nights)forits girls'varsity basketbaltenm during the season.to the extentthata fewer percentageofgirls'gmuesare played during çprimetimes'(when compared with the percentage ofboys'gamesscheduled forgtprimetimes'),the schoolshaladvise the K H SA A of action itintendsto talce to im m ediately col-rectthe difference.
7 (Opportunities) As noted previously,jackson Cotmty High School appearsto be deficientin tlw area of opportmitiesforfem ale athletes,a plan,with specificstepsio be taken,to addressthisinequity is to be forwarded to KH SA A oftices by January 15, Itisthe opinion of KHSAA AuditTenm m embersthatseriousconsideration be given to the addition of voleybal as an athletic offering for fem ale participants. Currently,a fallsportisunavailable and thenum berof responseson the2002 and 2003 lnterscholastic AthleticsSttrveyssuggeststhatvoleybalwould bea viableoption. (Locker room s,practice and Competitive Facilities) lt is the tmderstanding of KHSA A AuditTeam m embers thatthe schoolboard hasapproved a package forthe purchaseof lights forthe softballtield through the EastTennessee Powerand Jaclcson Energy.A copy of theschoolboard m inutesapproving theestablishmentof a comm itee to develop a plan to installlightson the softbalfield has been received by ICHSAA offiees. Also,adescription ofthematerialsneeded to completetheprojecthasbeen received and the athldiu director forjackson County High Schoolindicated thatthe insu lation isexpected to occurby m id Decem ber,2003. By Januanr15,2004 itis requestedthata progressreportregardingthisprojectbesubmittedto KHSSA. 9. PERSONNEL IN ATTENDANCE AT AUDIT M EETING H igh SchoolTitle IX Coordinator:Brian Thom as D istrictleveltitle IX C oordinator: Ed M organ N am e Title Tele hone PhylisCatlett IQI-ISAA AuditTeam (859) Ed M organ,jr. AthleticDirector (606) Brian Thomas lnterim Principal (606) Fran Edwazds KHSAA AuditTenm (859)
8 10. Com m ents f A G enderequity Review Com m itlee,w hich iscom posed of schoolpersonneland sttdent athletes,w asreestablished forthe schoolyear. A complete TitleIX file was tmavailable dtlring the KI-ISAA AuditTenm 's visit. Itis a requirem entthat copies of KHSAA reports(begilmingwith selfstudy),relevantpoliciesand minutesof GenderEquity Review Committeemeetingsbelocated atschoolofficesand accessible to the public. Com munity m em berselected notto attend the public forum schedulefor6:00 pm. M embersof the Jackson Cotmty High Schoolcomm lnity aze encouraged to im m ediately rem edy theconcernsputforth in thistitle IX FinalAuditRepol'trelated to opportunities and beneltsforfem ale athletes.ltappearsthatin the pasteffortswerelacking to m aintain atlequitable prog'ram forfem ale and m ale athletes.the work of the GenderEquity Review Com mitee thatwas initiated with this schoolyearprovides a venue forimproving the athletic program forfem ales.theirpositive leadership w ithin theschoolcom m unity can be criticalin m oving toward a successfuland equitable athletic program fora11students