In light of the recent discovery that the TSSAA has not been conducting criminal background checks on game officials, Williamson County Schools and the Franklin Special School District will begin requiring fingerprint background checks to ensure referees are meeting the TSSAA’s standards.
“While it is encouraging to learn that the TSSAA has expressed an interest in addressing this issue in the months to come, we do not feel comfortable with the status quo,” said Superintendent Dr. Mike Looney. “Therefore, WCS will not wait on the TSSAA to ensure the safety of our students.”
Looney says WCS will bear the cost of these background checks through October 9, 2015. Background checks submitted after October 9, 2015, will not be reimbursable by the district.
WCS recommends that game officials schedule their fingerprinting appointment immediately. CLICK HERE for detailed information about scheduling and completing a fingerprint background check.
Referees desiring to continue their work in WCS should contact the WCS Human Resources Office at (615) 472-4000 or the District Athletic Director Jeremy Qualls at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.