Athletes, band members can skip gym class at Boardman Schools

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Athletes, cheerleaders and band members won’t be required to take gym classes next school year. 

It’s a policy that Boardman Schools used to have, and now the district is bringing it back in the hopes that students are able to take more electives.

The school board voted to change the policy at Monday night’s board meeting.

Students in ninth and tenth grades will be excused from physical education classes, as long as they participate in two full seasons of either sports, cheerleading or band. They’d also be required to take a half credit in another class.

This was made possible a few years ago when Senate Bill 311 was passed by the state.

Student Nathan Fleming said the change makes sense. 

“You’re getting a lot of exercise in if you have sports after school,” he said. 

Fleming is a freshman at the high school. He plays football and baseball, and he already knows what electives he wants to take next school year since he is not required to take physical education.

“Now, I’m going to try and take personal finance and woodshop,” he said. 

Principal Cynthia Fernback the new policy honors the commitment that the district has to its athletics and band programs. She adds that it frees up students’ schedules to explore more opportunities.

“Either they will finally have time to get a study hall into their schedule or to explore that elective that they may never have had a chance to explore,” she said. “We have great art classes here. We have cooking classes. We have finance classes. There’s all kind of ways they can go to explore.” 

The guidance office will begin accepting waivers now for next school year. All forms must be verified by a coach, director or advisor.

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