6036 District Sponsorship of National and International Competitions

6036 District Sponsorship of National and International Competitions

The school district may provide the use of and fuel for a school district vehicle(s) or its cost equivalency for airline tickets in transporting a qualifying student(s) and sponsor(s) to a national or international competition for approved school activity groups or programs. For the 2018-2019 year and subsequent years, unless amended by the board, approved groups and programs include and are restricted to FFA, SkillsUSA, Speech, Powerlifting, Journalism, and National History Day. The sponsors of additional groups or programs wishing to be considered under this provision must submit a request directly to the board at least six months prior to the date of the anticipated national or international competition. The board reserves the right to approve or deny any application. Unless otherwise authorized by the board, a state-level qualifying competition shall be used in determining an individual’s or group’s qualification for any national or international competition.

Other sponsor expenses for approved groups or programs: The district may pay travel and other reasonably related expenses for a school district sponsor(s) to accompany the qualifying student or students if sponsor attendance is required or deemed necessary for supervision.

Other student expenses for approved groups or programs: All associated costs of attendance (meals, airline tickets, entry fees, etc.), except as provided for in the first paragraph of this policy, are the responsibility of the student(s) and will not be funded by the school district.

Travel requests shall be submitted to the activities director on the appropriate district form 40 days prior to, or as soon as possible, to the anticipated competition date. When possible, out-of-state and/or overnight travel requests shall be approved in advance by the board of education. In the event the board is not able to meet before a decision needs to be made, the superintendent is authorized to make a decision per the terms of this policy.

Adopted on: June 13, 2016
Revised on: June 11, 2018
Reviewed on: February 11, 2019