Rock Island-Milan student-athletes must maintain a 1.5 GPA under new eligibility requirement
A new system has been approved to determine sports participation eligibility for Rock Island-Milan high school students.
Board members on July 24 voted on the guidelines, which say that student-athletes are required to meet a minimum 65 percent grade average to continue participating in sports.
Those falling below the average must attend a before-school study table staffed by four teachers who will provide academic support in the subjects of English, math, science and social studies. Students will be required to attend the study table for two weeks.
Athletic Director Michelle Lillis told the board the new eligibility system equates to a 1.5 grade point average, according to an article in the Dispatch-Argus. While Rock Island-Milan board President Linda Dothard thinks the required GPA is too low, Lillis and Superintendent Mike Oberhaus said they hope to increase the level in the future.
The academic support will come out of the development fund and is estimated to cost more than $15,800.