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OPS board discusses GPA requirement for student athletes but takes no action

OPS board discusses GPA requirement for student athletes but takes no action

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The Omaha school board renewed its discussion but took no action Monday evening on whether student athletes should have to meet a higher eligibility standard.

In the past, the board has discussed requiring high school student athletes to achieve a 2.0 grade-point average in order to participate in sports.

Omaha high schools, like other Nebraska public and private high schools, adhere to the eligibility requirements of the Nebraska School Activities Association. Under those rules, a student must earn at least a D in four classes the previous semester. Most OPS students take seven classes each semester.

Monday night, the board talked about other districts' policies and about possibly requiring a 2.5 GPA for athletes.

Board member Yolanda Williams asked Superintendent Mark Evans to compare OPS with five similar districts and present those districts' policies to the board.

Board members also discussed holding community forums about a GPA requirement, possibly as soon as November, said Justin Wayne, board president.

Wayne first suggested the 2.0 GPA requirement at a March board committee meeting.

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