School board meets to talk coaches’ pay
>Club adviser stipends will also be discussed at meeting
MILFORD – Summer’s barely started, but the Milford School Board is looking ahead to September and the school sports season – specifically, the stipends the School District pays to coaches, as well as club advisers.
The board will hold a special meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 14, to discuss co-curricular stipends for the 2016-17 school year. It will be held in room 182 at Milford High School.
Waiting for the scheduled August meeting would be too late, said Chairman Paul Dargie, because the board wants to have the new structure in place before the start of any activities.
The board has looked at each coaching and advisory position with the aim of setting up a fair stipend pay structure and to "clean up the inconsistencies in the pay," he said. At the last regular School Board meeting, there were some disagreements.
"The administration went back and created a new structure that is likely to be approved by the board," Dargie said. "I called this special board meeting because we want to have the new structure in place before the start of any activities for the new year so that the coaches will know what they are being paid.
"Most of the stipend amounts will change somewhat, with some people getting an increase in pay and others getting a decrease."
Coaches sign a document before they start coaching that outlines their duties and responsibilities, and it also includes their stipend for the position. School officials want that document to be accurate, Dargie said.
Whatever the pay is, some won’t be as much as the board had hoped.
After voters in March rejected the School District’s operating budget, the board eliminated $11,000 for co-curricular stipends to help make up for the $238,000 difference between the budget and the default budget.
At the time, Dargie said coaches and club advisers haven’t received an increase in about five years and some have been working for no pay.
The final proposal shows stipends for the football coaches are changing, with most going up slightly. The head coach’s stipend of $3,952 went to $4,200.
Middle school basketball and volleyball coaches were getting nothing for the 2015-16 school year, and the proposal shows middle school basketball coaches getting $1,500 and volleyball $1,200. Pay for the districtwide Destination Imagination coach dropped from $2,000 to $1,750.
The district’s co-curricular budget is $185, 970, with $149,350 going to the high school and $36,620 to the middle school.
Pay is based on parameters such as planning time, time spent with students and the number of participants.
Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.