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Karen Mogridge to bring experience and expertise to the company leadership team.
August 28, 2018 (Sandy, Utah) — ArbiterSports today announced the addition of Karen Mogridge to the executive team as the company’s Vice President of Product Management. Mogridge is a seasoned product manager, software engineer and business analyst with two decades of experience overseeing the development of new products.
“We are excited to have Karen join our executive team,” said ArbiterSports President and CEO Jeff Triplette. “Karen brings a wide variety of skills and expertise that will allow us to explore new ways of approaching the ArbiterSports product family. We need her contribution to the company at this time.”
Before joining ArbiterSports, Mogridge served in several positions at financial services giant CoreLogic, including Senior Professional Product Manager, Director of Quality Assurance, Director of Special Projects and Senior Business Analyst. She also worked as a software engineer with F-22 Lockheed Martin and combined her love of cycling and nonprofits to make key contributions to several organizations including the GOAL Foundation, Mercury Cycling, Safe Routes to School National Partnership and Bike Walk Mississippi. Mogridge holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Information Systems from Valdosta State University.
The addition of Mogridge will help propel ArbiterSports’ objective of pursuing new and innovative product strategies to better serve its existing client base while exploring additional market verticals, a course that was established on the heels of the capital infusion ArbiterSports received last year from the San Francisco-based private equity firm Serent Capital.
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INTRODUCTION
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and its member state associations champion interscholastic sports and performing arts activities because they promote citizenship and sportsmanship in the 11 million students who participate nationwide. Activity programs instill a sense of pride in school and community, teach lifelong lessons and skills of teamwork and self-discipline and facilitate the physical and emotional development of the nation’s youth.
There is no better time than now to assert “The Case for High School Activities.” Education and community leaders across America need the facts contained in this material documenting the benefits of participation in interscholastic sports, music, theatre, debate, and other activities, to provide support needed for these programs. These activities provide important developmental experiences that enrich a student’s high school experience and entire life, and these programs must be protected and sustained.
COST BENEFIT
At a cost of only one to three percent (or less in many cases) of an overall school’s budget, high school activity programs are one of today’s best bargains. It is in these vital programs – sports, music, speech, theatre, debate – where young people learn lifelong lessons that complement the academic lessons taught in the classroom. From a cost standpoint, activity programs are an exceptional bargain when matched against the overall school district’s education budget.
Examinations of various school districts’ budget information across the country reveal that activity programs make up very small percentages of school budgets. In the 2014-15 school year, the city of Chicago’s Public School Board of Education’s budget was $4.93 billion. The activity programs portion was  $17.6 million. In the Los Angeles Unified school district, activity programs received $6.33 million of the overall $7.27 billion budget for 2014-15. Finally, in the Miami – Dade, Florida school district, its Board of Education had a 2014-15 overall budget of $3.7 billion dollars, while setting aside $17.2 million for activity programs. In all of these examples, the budget for school activity programs is less than one percent of the overall district’s budget. Considering the benefits, which are outlined below, at such small proportions of overall school district budgets, school activity programs are one of the most effective investments being made in secondary school education programs today.
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