Lake eyes options to pay coaches
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS Sentinel Staff Writer
Thursday, 28 June 2012 09:59
MILLBURY - Following severe cuts earlier this year, which included 13 paid coaching positions, the Lake Board of Education passed legislation Wednesday aimed at providing other revenue sources for paying coaches and advisers.
The board passed four options for keeping these coaches and advisers, some which allow these former paid positions to continue being funded other ways.
The first option allows a head coach to take a salary percentage from the remaining positions to have the coach or adviser continue in their positions. The second option is to pay a salary from money raised by operating a camp, clinic, or summer program.
However, there is a stipulation on the second option.
"It's got to be a non-student involved fundraiser or activity," said board president Tim Krugh.
"Kids can't go out and sell candy bars to pay coaches," said Superintendent Jim Witt.
Board member Scott Swartz also clarified that no taxpayer dollars are being used to pay for these positions.
The third option is to have the coach continue as an unpaid volunteer. And the fourth, to go without a coach for that position.
The legislation also clarifies coaches are not to receive compensation greater than the established salary schedule for the position.
Also at the meeting, board members approved the district's final appropriations for the fiscal year ending June 30.
Total appropriations for the year were $40.3 million, which included $14.5 million for the general fund and $22.4 million for capital projects.
"As you can see, most of the funding here was for capital projects," said Treasurer Jeff Carpenter.
"That is why it is so much higher than it has been in years past," he said.
The board also agreed on Wednesday to hire an outside company to handle its substitute teachers.
Board members approved an agreement with Rachel Wixey and Associates to provide substitutes for the district, which includes calling the teachers, hiring, background checks, payroll paperwork and "everything associated with student teaching," Witt said.
The district agreed to pay the company $83 a day/per substitute, Carpenter said.
Witt said several area school districts have opted to hire an outside company to handle substitute teachers and said "it is kind of the way things are moving."
Having Rachel Wixey and Associates will ease the burden on staff members at the central office, Witt said. An employee was cut from the central office when the board stripped $1.15 million from its budget earlier this year.
Also at the meeting, the board:
• Was updated by Witt that the new high school is in its final stages of completion. An open house is set for Aug. 5.
"This is not the way we would have chosen for it to happen (getting a new school), but it is going to be a pretty amazing place," said board member John Ervin.
• Went into executive session to discuss compensation of a public employee. No action was expected to be taken.
Last Updated on Thursday, 28 June 2012 10:02