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From the participants in the 2010 Reynolds Institute at Kent State University

  1. Pay to Participate Program: Why does the school have a policy; what is the policy; how long has it been in place; how does this compare to other schools (this will probably be the key question because this is what everyone will want to know); what burdens does this bring upon families; because students are paying, how does this affect coaching decisions and parent expectations, how does it impact the size of teams (the team’s depth), how does the state athletic association view these fees, does the state association have statistics on this. Sources: athletic director, student-athletes, parents (especially those who have more than one student playing sports), other athletic directors from around the area, personnel from the state association, state association facts/figures.
  2. ASB Breaking the law? Is the ASB violating copyright law by showing movies and selling popcorn as a fundraiser? Research required. Sources: ASB Teacher, copyright attorney or the Student Press Law Center.
  3. Why no Friday Night Lights? Why does every other school in the district have lights on the football field, but we don’t? Sources: AVP, possibly the district office personnel. Interview football players, coach and fans. Explore complaints from residents and police. Get the whole story. Current issue is not finances – it is community. But another school in the district had similar issues and overcame them; lights were installed for them this summer.