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Halifax County school board adopts revised scale for coaching stipends / March 16, 2017

Seeking to finally lay the issue to rest, the Halifax County School Board on Monday adopted a revised pay schedule for coaches and mentors at the high school and middle school, although the latest plan passed only narrowly.

Trustees voted 4-3 to approve the revisions, which in most instances cut salary stipends of coaches and activity leaders at Halifax County high and middle schools. But the reductions are generally less severe than they were under the plan that trustees first adopted in July and quickly rescinded after coaches voiced strenuous opposition.

Voting for the new pay scale Monday were trustees Joe Gasperini, Orey Hill, Freddie Edmunds and Walter Potts. Opposing the plan were Kim Farson, Karen Hopkins and Fay Satterfield. The motion was approved following a closed session on Monday evening.

The scale spells out fixed levels of compensation for coaches in years one through five and provides pay increases in the sixth year of experience. There are no other step increases on the scale.

According to the new pay scale, the head football coach at the high school will be paid $5,000 annually for the first five years, with a $500 pay increase in sixth year. By contrast, the head football coach was paid $6,324 in the current fiscal year.

Defensive and offensive coordinators for the Comet football team will receive $3,500 annually, rising by $300 in their sixth year of coaching. Varsity assistant and jayvee football coaches will be paid $3,000, with a $300 increase in their sixth year.

The Comet head basketball coach will be paid $4,200, with a $300 increase coming in the sixth year. Currently, the salary is set at $4,870.

Assistant HCHS basketball coaches will earn $2,700, with a $300 increase in the sixth year.

HCHS baseball and softball head coaches will be paid $4,000, with a $500 increase in year six. (This year the baseball coach was paid $6,324 while the softball coach got $4,570.) Assistant baseball and softball coaches and jayvee coaches will be paid $2,800 with a $300 increase coming in the sixth year.

The cheerleading coach will receive $2,800 and the assistant getting $2,500 with each receiving a $300 increase in year six.

Head coaches for cross country, indoor track, outdoor track, soccer, volleyball, wrestling and golf all will receive $3,300 stipends. Assistants in those sports will be paid $2,500, with all receiving $300 increases in their sixth year of coaching.

The head swimming coach will get $3,000 with the assistant getting $2,500 and each getting a $300 increase in the sixth year.

The ACE team coach will be paid $4,800, with an increase of $300 in the sixth year. The band coach will get $2,800 while the robotics coach will be paid $3,000, with $300 increases in their sixth year of work.

The Senior Class Choir coach will be paid $1,300 and the Envirothon and Ecology coaches will receive $1,200

At Halifax County Middle School, the highest-earning coaching position will be head coach of the football team, who will make $3,300, rising to $3,600 in the sixth year. The head basketball coach will earn $3,000 in years one through five, rising to $3,300 in year six. At present, the head football and basketball coaching stipends are $3,235 and $3,075, respectively.

Other middle school coaches will earn amounts of between $2,500 and $800 under the new schedule, which takes effect with the 2017-18 school year.

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What a shame. Those that voted for the reductions should take their turn coaching and mentoring the kids. Cut those that matter and pay administrators​ more. Wonder why we have no interest from industry.

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