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Hillsborough School Board chair defends her involvement in Plant High sports eligibility case



Children are being hurt by Hillsborough County's school athletics eligibility system, School Board Chairwoman April Griffin said Tuesday.

Rules are enforced inconsistently, investigations are undertaken by people who aren't trained and the time of highly paid staff is being wasted in needless hearings.

"We need to be clear and concise and consistent in our policies," Griffin told the board during what was billed as a discussion of school residency requirements.

Griffin also sought to explain her decision to stand up for the Mezrah family, whose daughter was deemed ineligible to play tennis for Plant High School because of the family's multiple homes.

At times, the hourlong discussion got testy, with member Carol Kurdell declaring the board had too much other business to take care of.

"I'm tired of talking about this," she said.

"I'm tired of talking about it, too," Griffin said. "But I'm not done."

"I'm sure," Kurdell said.

Member Doretha Edgecomb also seemed to lose patience. "I have only heard of one case today," she said. "I don't see a critical mass that says we ought to do things differently."

[Last modified: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 5:59pm]


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