First, the KHSAA approved high school sports in the Bluegrass this fall. Then, Governor Andy Beshear gave his own approval (albeit with some concerns) when he announced he would not overturn the KHSAA’s plan for the return of high school sports. Now, there seems to be another hurdle: the Kentucky Board of Education.
News broke Wednesday night the KDE will hold a special meeting Friday to further discuss the possibility of fall sports, with a source telling WPSD’s sports director Adam Wells the KDE “is aiming to overturn the decision to play.” LEX18 sports director Keith Farmer added KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett and Dr. Steven Slack will be speaking to the board Friday at noon.
(1/2) I can confirm what Adam is reporting. There will be a video teleconference on Friday at Noon of the "Kentucky Board of Education". Julian Tackett and Dr. Steven Slack will speak to the Board. Also…..
— Keith Farmer (@KeithFarmer18) August 27, 2020
After the KHSAA says play
And the Governor says go ahead
Now a Paducah reporter says Dept of Education May say no
That would be pretty cruel to do the kids after the Governor has already said it’s ok https://t.co/pVfY9ugtpD
— Matt Jones (@KySportsRadio) August 27, 2020
KSR’s own Matt Jones then tweeted a picture of the Kentucky Department of Education’s agenda for Friday’s meeting, which includes a discussion led by KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett, a “discussion of district concerns about the safety of high contact fall sports” led by local superintendents and a “discussion and possible action to authorize the KDE to develop written communication to be issued to the KHSAA [Board]… Urging additional consideration of alternative options for high contact fall sports.”
Here’s the photo of the agenda:
Could this change things for high school sports in Kentucky this fall? Who is in charge here?!