After nearly two years of discussion about the way high school activities are scheduled and organized, the House approved a Senate bill Wednesday that orders a study of the issue.

SB30, sponsored by Sen. Alaryk Myrin, R-Altamont, would require Scott Bean, Utah's superintendent of public instruction, to evaluate extracurricular activities each time school districts are realigned or at least once every three years."I think this will provide a good analysis of what's happening," said Rep. Beverly Evans, R-Altamont, who sponsored the bill in the House.

Some leaders in rural communities have long questioned the Utah High School Activities Association, which sets boundaries for all sports, forensic, drama events and other activities

Some student athletes in rural school districts travel several hours a day to various sports events, and some officials have questioned the amount of time athletes spend out of class.

The bill requires the state's top education official to report to the Legislature and governor "on the amount of class time missed by secondary school students and faculty for extracurricular activities during that school year."