Lebanon Reporter

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September 21, 2013

Lebanon looks at lightning event protocol

Though Lebanon schools already have a lightning policy for outdoor extracurricular and sports events, Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor hopes to create procedures to go along with that policy to give it more teeth, he said. Athletic Director Phil Levine proposed what he called a draft policy to the school board at Tuesday’s meeting. No action was taken since the policy is in process, but the board will consider it and forward any questions or concerns to Levine as they work toward a final product. “We’d really like to have more of a directive than a guideline,” Taylor said. “It’s critical that we deal with this in the next 60 to 90 days.” Currently game officials or the game manager can make the decision whether to call the game due to thunder or lightning, Levine said. But they are often so involved in the game that they might not notice a flash of lightning in the distance. “My perception is, people choose to ignore it,” said board member Tom Merritt. “Coaches, officials, nobody wants to see the game delayed, including me.” Levine brought up the option of purchasing some kind of weather detective device, like weather bug, that will alert officials when bad weather is approaching, or even when the heat index is dangerously high. It would take the subjectivity out of the decision of whether to suspend a game or not, he said. Taylor said the concession stand project, set to wrap up in December, could be an excellent time to consider such a move. See Saturday's Lebanon Reporter for more on this story.

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