Helmet reconditioning draws board scrutiny

Staff writer

Concussions among Peabody-Burns football players were reason enough for board member Donna Glover to ask questions about reconditioning football equipment at a Feb. 8 meeting.

“Travis and I had a conversation about our helmets,” Glover said. “How often do we update them and what’s the criteria for that?”

“You can’t use them for more than 10 years,” Traxson said. “After 10 years, they’re out the door, even if they’re still good.”

Traxon said football helmets also go in every two years for reconditioning and inspections.

“If it’s a four year old helmet and it doesn’t past inspection, we lose it,” Traxson said.

The question was brought up by Glover in part because of Peabody-Burns football player Chance Elliott, who received a brain injury during a football game Oct. 8, where he collapsed on the field after a play near the end of the first quarter.

“With the concussions we had this year and the more severe one, neither one of us really knew,” Glover said. “I figured there was a plan but I just didn’t’ know what it was.”

The board approved the reconditioning item as part of a consent agenda.

The board also heard from Marion County Special Education Cooperative director David Sheppard for an update on coop activities.

One topic was Project Search, a program that will give young adults with disabilities job skills training and work experience.

The program will be located at Tabor College in Hillsboro.

“It’s kind of exciting,” Sheppard said. “We’re really looking forward to having all of this going. We just think that culturally it’s going to be very impactful.”

In other business:

  • The board accepted Family and Consumer Science instructor Cathy Silvers resignation and approved Cindy Lemley as deputy treasurer and John Richstatter as assistant baseball coach.

Last modified Feb. 16, 2017

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