AIA Board of Directors Enact Fingerprint Screening for High School Game Officials

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3,500 AIA contracted high school game and event officials to be fingerprinted and verified against FBI database. Despite state budget obstacles, security measure goes into effect to weed out potential sexual offenders and those with a criminal background.

“While no system is absolutely flawless, fingerprinting will help us more effectively weed out sex offenders and protect our students.”
Harold Slemmer, AIA Executive Director

The Arizona Interscholastic Association Board of Directors has mandated that all officials who oversee member school sporting events and activities, will be fingerprinted and vetted through an FBI criminal database. This will be an additional step to the background checks currently conducted by a third party vendor.

The AIA’s first attempt at requiring applicants to be fingerprinted through the Arizona Department of Public Safety was initially thwarted due to state budget cuts. However, once realizing the importance of protecting Arizona high school students, an exception was granted allowing the fingerprinting to take place.

“We are pleased that this additional step can be taken,” says AIA Director Harold Slemmer. “While no system is absolutely flawless, fingerprinting will help us more effectively weed out sex offenders and protect our students.”

It is expected that approximately 3,500 contracted officials will have been fingerprinted and verified by July 1, 2012.

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About the Arizona Interscholastic Association:
The AIA, is voluntary association of public and private Arizona high schools. Since 1913, the organization has created and sustained interscholastic activities that encourage maximum student participation by providing AIA member schools with an even playing field to ensure fair and equitable competition. The AIA believes that providing interscholastic activities for Arizona high school students creates personal development opportunities with a balanced focus on academics and extracurricular activities.

Through its 272 member schools, the AIA reaches more than 95,000 participants in high school activity programs. The organization hosts 4000 championship contests and maintains officiating for more than 45,000 regular season games. For more information, visit http://www.aiaonline.org and http://www.aia365.com

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