Athletes at both Cumberland County High School and Stone Memorial High School will have athletic trainers available next year thanks to an agreement with Benchmark Rehabilitation Services.

The trainers will be provided at no cost to the school system.

Dean Patton, Cumberland County Schools athletic director, told the athletic committee earlier in May that Benchmark already provides an athletic trainer for SMHS and the proposal will be adding CCHS.

Josh Stone, 4th District BOE representative, asked attorney Earl Patton if he had any questions.

Earl Patton asked about a clause about monthly invoice, which was removed.

Amy Ketron, director of sports medicine for Benchmark, said the trainers would be provided at no cost.

He also asked about the wording if it was one trainer or one trainer per school. Ketron said there would be one trainer or one per school.

According to the agreement, the school system shall provide Benchmark with the following: 

•At least three public address announcements made during all home athletic events. 

•Authorization for Benchmark to place its logo on the school’s website, if any, with a link to www.benchmarkpt.com 

•Signage in the training room and other athletic venues, including on digital scoreboards, where available

•Prominent advertisement placement in major sports printed materials such as the football program

•Identification of Benchmark as a “Partner in Education” with the school in the school’s yearbook and season calendars. 

•To pay for supplies 

•Recognition/exclusivity as the official sports medicine provider

Stone moved to recommend the agreement to the full board, supported by Stace Karge, 9th District representative. The motion was unanimously approved.

Glen Thompson, athletic trainer from Benchmark, said he would like for Larry Meads, the current volunteer trainer for CCHS, to be a part of the program, with Meads determining his level of involvement. 

Janet Graham, director of schools, said she agreed and that the BOE and school system have appreciated all Meads has done.

The board approved the agreement during its May 30 meeting.

Gary Nelson may be reached at gnelson@crossville-chronicle.com

Crossville Chronicle senior staff writer