CATA Governing Board Special Meeting Summary

By Matt Patton, Executive Director

The CATA Governing Board held a special meeting on November 1, 2022 to address concerns brought forth by some members. The concerns centered around middle school/junior high students’ participation in state finals contests or qualifying competitions. After discussing the concerns brought forward, the governing board focused on the recently amended “Part IV. Student/Advisor Participation, Section A, Sub-Section A-3,” listed below. 

Section A. Each student entering a competitive contest MUST:

A-3 Be enrolled at a high school or middle school/Jr. high AND taking course(s) receiving high school graduation credit.

The amendment adopted at the 2022 CATA Summer Conference inserted “middle school/junior high” into A-3 but failed to address the contradictory second part of the sentence. The governing board referenced the following portions of the CATA Curricular Code (CC) General Rules in discussing A-3:

CATA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES CODE
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP CONTESTS

PART IV. Student/Advisor Participation 

Section A. Each student entering a competitive contest MUST:

A-3 Be enrolled at a high school or middle school/Jr. high AND taking course(s) receiving high school graduation credit.

PART. VIII. Corrections in Code

Section A. Typographical errors, misspellings and/or omissions can be changed or corrected on a yearly basis. Any changes should be submitted to the State CATA Executive Director, who will contact the State FFA Advisor. A memo will be sent out to notify the membership. 

CATA OPERATING POLICIES
Line of Authority/Responsibility 

B. The governing board shall adopt policies and procedures that represent the interests and desires of the membership. 

C. The State CATA President has responsibility for assuring that approved policies and procedures are implemented. The president must consult with the executive committee if deviations from adopted policies are deemed necessary. Such deviations should be judiciously exercised and considered as one-time exceptions, not as formal policy of procedure deviations. 

The CATA Governing Board unanimously passed a motion to direct the CATA Executive Director to make corrections to A-3 to eliminate the contradiction. The board’s rationale for changing A-3 was to reflect the intentions of the membership that voted on the A-3 amendment. The governing board referenced the “Line of Authority/Responsibility” section of the CC when discussing the action. The board deemed that the language in the second portion of A-3 was an omission and should be addressed using the “PART. VIII Corrections” in Code Section A of the General Rules of the CC. 

Because of the motion, A-3 of the General Rules portion of the curricular code will now read as:

Be enrolled at a high school, taking course(s) receiving high school graduation credit, or be enrolled in middle school/junior high school taking classes eligible for promotion. 

The State FFA Advisor was notified of the correction to the code and this document will serve as notification to the CATA membership about the change. 

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