We caught up with South Carolina High School League Executive Director Jerome Singleton today to get his reaction to the current legislation being proposed in the State House to take the power away from the SCHL and give it to the Department of Education.Obviously Singleton doesn’t want that to happen. He said the SCHL is working to adjust some of its bylaws to better serve high schools and high school athletes. He would prefer the power to remain with the SCHL and not be moved to a government office.
“I think the bill actually says to replace the High School League with that group, “Singleton said. “I would hope that they would look at it and continue to allow the High School League to govern athletics as they have for the last 100 years.
Singleton said there are currently three proposals the SCHL is reviewing with the possibility of making rules changes. He hopes these tweaks will show lawmakers that the league is serious about making changes.
“Our membership looks at the rules every year,” Singleton said. “Of course those that they find feasible to change they change, and those they don’t find feasible to change they don’t change. I think we always have to be seeking to get better or adjusting to what is occurring within our education system.”
That bill has moved from committee to the House and some legislators say they believe it will in fact become law. How likely that is depends on who you talk to but Singleton isn’t taking any of the discussion lightly.
“Whenever our state legislators propose a bill I know they don’t do it just for show,” Singleton said. “Anytime (a change) is proposed I take it very seriously. Where it ends up I don’t know. They don’t ask me to vote on that. But we take it very seriously and if there is a concern we need to hear it. Sometimes it takes a little chaos to create more stability.”