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Schools to get tough on athlete transfers

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Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 10:31 PM
TAMPA -

Hillsborough County School Board members took the first step Tuesday in cracking down on illegal athletics transfers between schools in the wake of the football scandal at Armwood High.

"This has been a long time coming," said Lanness Robinson, the athletics director for the school district.

Less than two months ago, the Florida High School Athletic Association stripped Armwood of its state title and fined the school heavily because the parents of five players falsified residence documents so they could attend the football powerhouse.

Under the policy, which received an initial approval by the board Tuesday, student athletes who transfer must sit out from any sports for a year. The measure must come back for another vote at a later date.

A district committee will hear any appeals if a student believes he or she has moved legally from one school zone to another. If the district panel denies the appeal, any final decision will rest with the school board.

Though board members haggled over when and how they might hear the final appeals, they were unified on one thing: They wanted some type of residency solution.

"I don't want another Armwood situation,"Chairwoman Candy Olson said.

"I don't want a situation like this to happen again," said board member Susan Valdes.

The goal is to have the policy in place by the beginning of the second semester.

In other matters, the board:


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