RED BLUFF, Calif. - The Red Bluff Joint Union High School District settled a Title IX lawsuit with parents of five female student-athletes, assuring a more balanced playing field in terms of facilities and overall treatment of girls athletic teams in the future.
The settlement was tentatively approved at a special district meeting. The plaintiffs receive no money in the agreement, which sought a commitment to improve facilities and transparency involving girls teams at Red Bluff High School.
The parents issued the class action lawsuit in March of this year. You can find the official complaint here.
The settlement includes the addition of girls field hockey, an assurance that softball will get comparable facilities to baseball, all locker rooms will be equal, and more transparency in fundraising to ensuring that girls teams get equal treatment.
The settlement also states that the district will be covering all the legal fees.
None of the parents who filed the suit will receive any compensation.
One of the parent's in the group that filed the lawsuit, Hazel Brandt, said it was never about the money, it was about creating equal opportunity for the girls.
"This is about trying to bring girls up, girls sports in the program up and the facilities up," Brandt said. "It's not about trying to cut any boys programs or anything like that. I think this community needs every involved parent. I support parents getting involved boys and girls programs across the board so I think this is a step in the right direction to equalize it."
Red Bluff High School sophomore Jayne Brandt is a decorated swimmer for the high school. She said the equipment was never equal. She hopes this settlement leads to change.
"I think it's good because it shows that there is a big difference between girls and boys sports and that there needs to be a change and that's going to happen," Jayne said.
"We are grateful as a district to come to an end and have an agreement and we are really looking forward to presenting the results of that agreement at the next meeting," said superintendent Todd Brose.
The details of the settlement will be finalized at the next meeting on November 15.