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Pasco School Board to defend its athletic transfer policy



The Pasco County School Board has decided to defend its policy on high school athletic transfers in court, rather than cut a deal.

The board held an closed-door session Tuesday, after being sued by a Dade City father whose son was denied eligibility to play soccer at Sunlake High following his transfer there from Pasco High. The family's lawyer, Peter Hobson, contends the district policy banning students who transfer schools from playing sports for a year without a waiver is illegal.

After the session, board attorney Dennis Alfonso began preparing for trial.

"Based on the information we have, the district is sticking with its position," Alfonso said. "The board is going to support its policy and its authority."

The case is set for a hearing on Nov. 20.

Hobson also filed suit this week against the Hillsborough School Board for its very similar policy. He's representing a family whose son was denied eligibility to play football for Sickles High after transferring from Jesuit High.

While defending their policy, Pasco district officials have acknowledged it could use some adjustments. Read the latest on the issue here. Read more about the Pasco district's appeal review committee here.

[Last modified: Friday, November 8, 2013 3:07pm]


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