With nearly 1,400 student-athletes in middle and high school, Centerville City Schools Athletic Director Rob Dement isn’t always able to talk with every athlete and parent. But he knows parents talk with each other.
That’s why he asked for volunteers to serve on an Athletics Parent Advisory Board in the fall of 2016. This group of eight parents, representing a variety of middle and high school sports teams, meets four times per year to advise the Athletic Department based on feedback they’ve received from other parents and athletes.
“We have a lot of teams and facilities, and we may not always realize where an improvement needs to be made,” Dement said. “The suggestions that come up in our Parent Advisory Board meetings spark some great discussions on how we can create the best environment for our athletes and fans.”
For example, Dement said the group noticed that many people did not realize there was an elevator in the high school that could help spectators get to their seats. He was able to take that suggestion and create new signs pointing out the elevator. This year, the group also has worked on updating the Athletics website with a more user-friendly calendar of events, creating a video to highlight facility upgrades, and connecting with CHS Marketing students to produce information for the new video boards in the gym.
The advisory board also realized that not all parents or students feel comfortable bringing up sensitive topics with administration or coaches. So they created an email tipline at firstname.lastname@example.org that allows people to submit issues or suggestions in a way that protects their identity as well as the identity of their son or daughter.
The Athletics Parent Advisory Board is always looking for new members. If you are interested in learning more about the group, please contact the Athletic Office at (937) 439-3516.
Centerville City Schools serve more than 8,100 students in Centerville and Washington Township in southwest Ohio, offering a variety of educational programs to a diverse student population. The district operates 13 school buildings, as well as two preschools and a bus facility accommodating and servicing more than 100 buses. Visit www.centerville.k12.oh.us for more information.