Cornerstone Christian High School students will not be allowed to compete in TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) fine arts competitions after the organization's board of directors this week rejected an appeal by the school.
"They (the board) decided to uphold the TAPPS bylaws as written," TAPPS executive director Bryan Bunselmeyer said Friday.
Earlier this month, Cornerstone notified TAPPS it was withdrawing from the organization for athletics. But the school sought permission to continue competing in fine arts, which includes a variety of events such as cheer, dance, drumline, fall band, one-act play, vocal music, band music, string music, speech, debate, art and robotics.
Cornerstone, which opens its football season tonight at home against Life Christian Academy of Virginia, had been experiencing eligibility issues with seven California and San Antonio-area football transfers, along with three volleyball players. The decision to leave TAPPS allows the transfers to compete despite charges of aggressive recruiting tactics that had surfaced from area high school administrators.
Cornerstone, which twice previously has been tossed out of TAPPS for athletics-related issues, is now pursuing a national strategy with its sports programs, but had requested it be allowed to continue in fine arts.
"The TAPPS Executive Board met on August 29th to review an appeal by Cornerstone Christian School. The board affirmed the TAPPS By-Laws as published restricting participation of Fine Arts once the school withdrew athletic participation from our organization," TAPPS said in a statement Friday..
"TAPPS affirms our mission in support of our similarly aligned member schools as stated below.
“The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools commits to building leadership, fellowship, fair play and sportsmanship of students enrolled in the organization’s member schools in the areas of academics, athletics and fine arts by providing wholesome competition for young men and women.”
Cornerstone issued a statement to parents stating it was "disappointed in the decision," but in coming weeks it plans to "announce new and stronger competitive arenas for students."