USA Triathlon 2012 National Championship schedule

first_img Related USA Triathlon has unveiled the dates and locations of its 2012 National Championship schedule, providing multisport athletes from across the United States ‘the opportunity to compete in a top-notch championship environment.’On the heels of an extremely successful 2011 USA Triathlon National Championship season, which included record fields and sold-out events, the 2012 events will again give athletes a chance to earn official national champion status.“We are looking forward to bringing our members another great year of national championship racing in 2012,” said USA Triathlon National Events Director Jeff Dyrek. “Athletes will see some new venues on the list, as well as some return trips to fantastic locations from 2011. We look forward to crowning our 2012 national champions and securing our team members for Team USA for upcoming ITU World Championships.”Cities selected to host 2012 USA Triathlon National Championships include: Burlington, Vermont.; Tucson/Oro Valley, Arizona; Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Mercer Island, Washington; Cambridge, Maryland; Austin, Texas; Pelham, Alabama; and Gilford, New Hampshire.Details on the 2012 Junior and Youth National Championship, Elite National Championship, Club National Championship and Aquabike National Championship will be announced in the near future.Once again, the USA Triathlon Age Group and Sprint National Championships will be held in Burlington, Vermont, as a two-day event with Age Group Nationals taking place on 18 August 2012, and Sprint Nationals on 19 August 2012. In 2011, nearly 2,500 of the nation’s top amateur triathletes participated in the sold-out Olympic-distance and sprint-distance events held on the shores of Lake Champlain. Registration will open on 5 January 2012, for the Age Group and Sprint Nationals.For the sixth consecutive year, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, will welcome triathletes to its waterways and streets for the USA Triathlon Collegiate National Championship on 21 April 2012. Talented collegiate triathletes will battle for national titles on a course similar to this year’s event, which saw nearly 1,600 athletes from more than 120 clubs competing for titles in the Olympic-distance, sprint-distance and team competition.Next year in Tuscaloosa, a four-person, draft-legal mixed team relay will be contested on 22 April. Registration for the Collegiate Nationals will open on 5 January 2012.Tucson/Oro Valley, Arizona, is the third city to repeat as a host from 2011, welcoming age group duathletes and paraduathletes from across the country on 28 April 2012, for the USA Triathlon Duathlon National Championship. Registration will open on 1 December for the Duathlon Nationals.The 2012 USA Triathlon National Championship schedule gets under way on 22 January with the USA Triathlon Winter Triathlon National Championship in Gilford, New Hampshire.In addition to chasing national titles, athletes also will be competing for prized spots on Team USA at a number of USA Triathlon National Championships. Team USA is comprised of age group athletes that represent the US at each ITU world championship has more information on each USA Triathlon National Championship.2012 USA Triathlon National Championship Schedule Date / National Championship / LocationJan 22 / Winter Triathlon National Championship (Gunstock Winter Triathlon) /Gilford, N.H.Mar 25 / Elite Duathlon National Championship (Powerman Alabama) / Pelham, Ala.Apr 21-22 / Collegiate National Championship / Tuscaloosa, Ala.Apr 28 / Age Group Duathlon National Championship / Tucson/Oro Valley, Ariz.May 28 / Paratriathlon National Championship (Capital of Texas Triathlon) / Austin, TexasJun 3 / Long Course Duathlon National Championship (Blackwater Duathlon) / Cambridge, Md.Jul 28 / Aquathlon National Championship (Islander Aquathlon) / Mercer Island, Wash.Aug 18 / Age Group National Championship / Burlington, Vt.Aug 19 / Sprint National Championship / Burlington, Vt.Sep 22 / Long Course Triathlon National Championship (Redman Triathlon) / Oklahoma City, Okla.TBA / Junior and Youth National Championship (ages 7-19) / TBATBA / Elite National Championship / TBATBA / Club National Championship / TBATBA / Aquabike National Championship / TBAwww.usatriathlon.orglast_img read more

Shawnee Mission attorneys’ brief in teacher contract dispute says district can’t keep deficit spending

first_imgTeachers gathered outside the Center for Academic Achievement prior to a board of education meeting last month.The salary proposal put forth by the National Education Association – Shawnee Mission would force the district to dip into reserves and leave it with less than a month’s worth of operating expenses on hand after three years, according to the attorneys representing the district administration in its contract dispute with teachers.In a pre-conference brief filed with the Kansas Department of Labor last week, the attorneys lay out the district’s arguments for the two-year contract offer it had on the table when mediated negotiations broke down in September.That offer included a 1% base salary increase for all district teachers for 2019-20 and a 1.25% base salary increase in 2020-21 in addition to “step-and-column” movement along the salary schedule — the mechanism through which teachers get paid more for additional years of experience and education. Along with a stipend to help offset increased health insurance costs, the district says, that package represented a $3.9 million increase in total compensation for teachers.The brief also details where the district has allocated the approximately $9.6 million in new state funding it received under the updated K-12 funding formula. That breakdown is as follows:Classified staff compensation increases: $961,076Teacher compensation: professional growth column movement at $500,000;Teacher compensation: additional employees purchasing health insurance with a district match expense of $675,154;Buses: contractually obligated additional increases to transportation of $346,576;Electricity: contractually obligated utility rate increases of $1,209,674;Resources: increased expenditures for supplies and services of $1,484,519; andTeacher workload: 28.44 additional full-time employee positions at $1,673,450.Teachers have pushed back on the notion that the district has earmarked a significant amount of that money for transportation, supplies and utilities. But, the district’s attorneys argue, it would be irresponsible to continue to dip into reserves to address such costs increases. Under the compensation proposal put forth by the NEA-SM, the district would be dipping into reserves and leaving a fund balance of $10.4 million after three years — a level significantly below the target of having one month’s operating expenses on hand at all times.“The District feels that it is critically important to cease deficit spending and begin slowly returning operating fund balances to the appropriate level,” reads the brief. “In the event of any future crisis, the District must have the ability to cover expenses (including payroll) for at least one month.”The teachers’ negotiating team is expected to strongly contest the assertions laid out by the district. In a response to a board member posting the brief on Twitter, NEA-SM President Linda Sieck categorized the document as only “one side of the story.” Sieck said the teachers union would file its own pre-conference brief this Thursday.Teachers have packed the board of education chambers the past four meetings lobbying for the administration to bring the contract negotiations to a close.The parties have the in-person conference in the matter set for Jan. 9.The full brief posted on the district’s Information Central page is embedded below:[gview file=””]last_img read more