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Kentucky Department of Education meeting Friday to urge “additional consideration” for high school sports

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.

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?!

Article written by Maggie Davis

I love sports, podcasts, long walks on the beach and Twitter (@MaggieDavisKSR)

18 Comments for Kentucky Department of Education meeting Friday to urge “additional consideration” for high school sports



  1. Corder
    9:32 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    All this time these people have been working on telling people no on everything they could have been putting procedures in place to make things safer. It’s very easy to just so no to everything but doing your job and coming up with every plan possible is what they should have been doing.



    • Bluenblood
      7:48 am August 27, 2020 Permalink

      Politics disrupting so many lives parents, kids, coaches…….shameful



  2. satcheluk
    9:40 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    A lot of swinging Dick’s in every decision making process with this virus. Fascinating to watch.



  3. Jambluehue99
    9:44 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    All sports will resume on November 4th.



  4. 270cat
    9:55 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    Pathetic. These people aren’t thinking about the kids. These kids want to play and a lot of them rely on sports and school to keep them out of trouble or going home to a poor situation. Read the data. Quit watching the tv. It’s more dangerous for them to drive to school than it is to play sports or be in class. It blows my mind how I’m in public everyday and hardly anyone is wearing a mask, I can sit down at a restaurant around elderly people, walk into any business, and no one is getting sick or dying. And these idiots want to keep kids from school and sports. I’m glad I live in a county with common sense. Don’t make city decisions for rural areas.



  5. AppreciateTheCall
    10:28 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    Let them play!



  6. WKY Cat
    10:45 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    I think ole Andy pulled a standard back room political deal. Didn’t like the KHSAA’s decision so made a call to the education department to stop it. Good ole politics at its best.



  7. light my fire
    10:49 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    Yes Andy acts like he okays sports and calls KDE to shut it down so he won’t look bad.

    It’s all politics and who has biggest ego.



  8. ScoggDog
    10:54 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    Lets be honest – and I’m not the only one that heard it. Last week – when Matt Jones was talking about what he’d like to see regarding high school sports – he wished the powers that be would “nudge” … his words, not mine … the schools into not playing. Then he called all his employees on the carpet to make an official declaration. They all – get this – fell in line and said they’d like to see sports delayed.

    We are seeing this mentality on display.



    • Jambluehue99
      10:58 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

      Is the virus real? Yes. Is it being exploited for political purposes? Yes.



  9. CJKAssassin123
    11:09 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    One of the members of the board is my Great Uncle David Karem. He is definitely against sports being played. He told me that a week ago.



    • Keets
      1:16 am August 27, 2020 Permalink

      Karem isn’t on the board. He hasn’t been since about April, when he wasn’t confirmed by the Senate. He was one of Andy’s 11 appointees when he wiped Bevin’s board clean on day one, but Karem was only one not confirmed in April. Just to clarify. He’s on the Ethics Commission now.



  10. Not Dan Issel
    5:44 am August 27, 2020 Permalink

    Little Andy hasn’t had an independent thought since the day he was born. He’s just doing what he is told to do by his superiors in the national democrat party.



  11. Grazilla
    9:09 am August 27, 2020 Permalink

    Andy def called one a favor on this one. All these d-bags are auditioning for positions in Biden’s admin.



  12. Grazilla
    9:09 am August 27, 2020 Permalink

    *in



  13. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
    10:05 am August 27, 2020 Permalink

    How many layers does this have to go through? I don’t remember reading any indication, when the gov stepped aside and didn’t overrule the KHSAA, that the DOE would have a say in this. What next? If the DOE gives the go-ahead, will someone decide the legislature has to vote? Better yet, their committees first?



  14. zoupman
    10:24 am August 27, 2020 Permalink

    Damn Wuhan virus is sure being as an excuse to ruin people’s lives.



  15. ThankfulCat
    11:44 am August 27, 2020 Permalink

    Alabama had high school football last weekend. No one died. Let the kids play