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Finding Balance in Class Selection

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MavLife

March 2013

La Costa Canyon High School, One Maverick Way, Carlsbad, CA 92009

Entertainment Page 15

Volume 7 Issue 5

BacklasH Athletic Director Decision Causes

Parents, coaches and athletes express concern over the future of Maverick athletics

Anthony Fregoso Sports Editor

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iting an anticipated drop in enrollment, Principal Kyle Ruggles recently made the decision that Kari DiGiulio would not be returning as the athletic director next year. Instead, Assistant Principal Doug Kamon will be taking over her position while maintaining some of his current administrative duties. “We are projected to have 1,900 students next year,” Dr. Ruggles said. “Currently we have 2,100. Schools with similar athletic programs in our district have about 2,700 students. We can’t have a school with an enrollment of 2,700 have

the same athletic program as a school with 1,900.” The athletic director is responsible for supervising the entire athletic program, including scheduling buses, dealing with disciplinary actions for athletes, working with CIF officials and supporting coaches in a variety of ways. As DiGiulio puts it, “pretty much the athletic director is in charge of being the voice of the coaches and the athletes.” The response to the decision on the part of coaches, parents and community members has been strong, and mostly negative. Coaches have been among those most concerned that the decision to move away from a dedicated athletic director toward an assistant principal who has both athletic duties and other responsibilities signals a shift away from valuing athletics on the part of the administration. “I think that we are all concerned that this was an indication that athletics weren’t a priority, but we’ve been told that that isn’t the case,”

“The athletic director is in charge of being the voice of the coaches and the athletes.”

Kari DiGiulio

head boys basketball coach David Cassaw said. “We still want athletics to remain a vital part of this campus.” Despite the fact that Dr. Ruggles is trying to reassure all of the coaches that athletics are a priority, there are still coaches who don’t understand the decision. “A lot of the coaches are upset or confused, and they don’t know what direction the vision of our school is with athletics and sports,” cross country coach Bill Vice said. La Costa Canyon has earned a strong reputation for athletics both locally and throughout California. LCC set the CIF record for the number of championships won in a single school year last year, with a total

of 11 championships. LCC is also ranked among the top ten athletic programs in the nation by MaxPreps (a CBS Sports site dedicated to high school athletics) going into the 201213 school year. For some, this success adds to the uncertainty of why the position is being removed. “I do trust that our district is going to do everything that they can but it is a concern that it will slow our progress that we have had,” head football coach Sean Sovacool said. “It’s a slippery slope. You’d like to think that an athletic program and department like our own should have an athletic director even if it is reallocated.” Not only are the priorities of the school a question, but coaches worry that they may be required to take on more responsibilities. “I can assume or guess that [this switch] is going to affect us negatively,” Sovacool said. “Responsibilities that [Digiulio] may have had might be given to myself, which is a concern. I’m just concerned that there will be a lack of organizational support.

It sets a bad precedent.” Even DiGiulio worries that coaches may have extra work added onto their plates because of the decision. “Our coaches are used to having somebody to go and talk to and having someone on their side and be their voice,” DiGiulio said. “I think it might put more work on coaches.” Head boys volleyball coach Mark Brubaker is also uneasy about the amount of work that Kamon will be taking on along with his current duties. “It might cause problems when [Kamon] has to deal with disciplinary actions or other duties that he has when we need

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Maverick Athletics by the Numbers

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CIF titles won by La Costa Canyon’s Athletic Program in the 2011-2012 school year Sophomore Sierra Lyle

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Number of North County schools with a football program and no designated athletic director (La Costa Canyon)

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Sports teams in the La Costa Canyon Athletic Program in the 2012-2013 school year

Junior Fritz Eibel

Parents Sue Encinitas Union School District Ashtanga yoga classes amount to religious practice, plaintiffs argue

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Yasmeen Halim News Editor

lthough most would associate yoga with serenity, peace and divinity, the seemingly calming practice created just the opposite effect in the Encinitas Union School District (EUSD). In February, parents Stephen and Jennifer Sedlock,

alongside the National Center for Law and Policy (NCLP), filed a lawsuit regarding “civil rights violations resulting from its inherently and pervasively religious Ashtanga yoga program.” The plaintiffs are not seeking money; rather, they aim to suspend the entirety of the yoga program. The EUSD was granted a

sum of $533,000 by the Jois Foundation. According to its website, the foundation provides schools with funding through its “Health and Wellness Program” which “uses the techniques of yoga, meditation, and proper nutrition to create a positive lifestyle.” The foundation provided the grant in an attempt to diversify physical education

at an elementary-school level. The grant provides over 5,500 elementary students throughout the district with yoga as a physical education option. Although yoga enthusiasts argue that yoga is a positive addition to students’ lives, the district has received

complaints from nearly 30 families who believe that the Ashtanga yoga practiced in the schools is too closely affiliated with Hinduism. Parents are concerned that the practice goes against the religious beliefs they have taught their children.

March 2013 MavLife  

March 2013 issue of MavLife

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