The Alton School Board continued to take an “education first” stance when it comes to student-athletes with the approval of two rule changes to the district’s Athletic Code of Conduct. The board announced the changes following a brief meeting with Alton High Athletic Director Jeff Alderman last night.

Alderman talks about the changes:

Alderman Comments

He says that under the new code, a two-sport athlete who plays varsity football and junior varsity basketball, for example, would not be able to push a suspension off until basketball season. Alderman says that taking the student out of their “strongest” sport will provide more motivation for student-athlete’s to focus on academics first.

In other business, the board also renewed an intergovernmental agreement between the district, the city of Alton and the Alton Police Department that will provide a resource officer to Alton Middle School through a state grant program. Superintendent Dr. Ken Spells also recognized 76 employees who achieved perfect attendance last school year.

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