When Ed Dopp took on his new position in July as director of physical education and athletics for the North Colonie Central School District, he said the academic program was second to none, but in terms of athletics, [We're] not there yet.
With that in mind, Dopp presented a revised edition of this year's district plan for physical education to the North Colonie Central School District Board of Education Thursday, Oct. 16, that includes a few changes he would like to see made this year to strengthen the district's program, as well as state-regulated requirements.
Dopp said the state is in the process of auditing physical education programs in school districts throughout the state. The first district to be audited successfully in the Capital District was the Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District, so Dopp and his staff attempted to create a district plan that was similar to theirs.
In addition to the district plan, which includes rules about safety of athletic equipment, misuse of facilities, report card standards, time allotment of physical education classes based on grades, sports that will be practiced in physical education class and more, Dopp discussed interscholastic athletics with members of the board.
An interscholastic athletic, as Dopp explained, is an extracurricular sports activity that students can begin on the seventh- and eighth-grade level.
"In it, there are over 80 different teams and over 29 different programs," Dopp said. Teaching those teams, there are over 110 coaches, according to Dopp, and there are at least 80 different levels of the teams that compete against other schools.
Dopp said that all of the interscholastic teams, and physical education classes are run with one fundamental mission at hand: "to produce well-rounded, good adults."
"We believe that participation is the best arena to teach those students life lessons," Dopp said.