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Separate football coach, AD jobs to cost $10,500 extra

Posted: October 23, 2014 6:39 p.m.
Updated: October 24, 2014 1:00 a.m.

It could cost just a little more than an additional $10,500 at each Kershaw County School District (KCSD) high school to split the duties of athletic director (AD) and head football coach. That’s according to information KCSD Director of Public Services Duane Pate gave to the Kershaw County Board of School Trustees at its meeting Tuesday night.

Pate’s presentation included input from the district’s high school principals and ADs, a more detailed AD job description and two lists of pros and cons of splitting the positions.

“There are two questions: Should the positions be split? And, should all high schools have to utilize the same structure?” KCSD Superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan said.

Trustee Ron Blackmon brought up some additional questions to consider.

“You also have to ask yourself if you are going to get a quality football coach by separation,” Blackmon said, who also expressed concern about how each position would be compensated. “We have to look down the line and make sure everyone is treated equitably as far as salary is concerned if we are going to split this and the strength coach also.”

The additional cost to separate the AD and head football coach positions appeared in a memorandum Pate provided trustees. In the memo, Pate showed a combined AD/football coach with a master’s degree and 14 years of experience would earn a base 190-day teacher salary of $49,802. Add in contract days, AD and head football coach supplements (both based on nine years experience), plus retirement and benefits and the total cost of the combined position is $94,853.

By separating the positions, the AD would earn $86,127. The head football coach would “assume” the salary of one full-time equivalent, which was not listed in the example. Added to that salary, however, would be $19,258 in contract days, head football coach supplement, retirement and benefits. That, plus the $86,127 for a separate AD would come to $105,385 -- or $10,532 in additional cost above the $94,853 salary paid to the combined AD/football coach.

Board Chair Mara Jones said the board is going to have to make a decision on how this could impact the district’s budget.

“Because we are talking about equity and fairness, that will be the first fiscal impact,” Jones said. “And unless we take it out of general funds, maintenance and teacher salary we have to figure out where that money comes from. We’ve got probably the most dedicated staff members in our coaching areas as well as our principals and you all don’t get compensated for what you do and we know that -- we just are limited in the resources and have to jump off somewhere first.”

In other business Tuesday, University of South Carolina faculty members Justin Moore and Carlene Mayfield made a presentation on the university’s “Be A Champion” program which works to help students become more active. The district is considering adding the program to some district schools. One of Moore’s colleagues suggested bringing the program to Kershaw County, and he said he approached Morgan with the idea last year.

“A lot of people may think of this as a little beyond the scope of the academic spectrum in schools, but it’s symbiotic with it because if you give them a good dose of activity, they’re more likely to pay attention to what we are trying to teach,” Moore said.

The process requires an evaluation of the schools before starting the program. Afterwards, the program would provide training to those wanting to lead physical activities in schools. Schools would have to come up with ways to help engage students in physical activities; project coordinators would then provide each school with a program tailored to its individual needs. Anyone interested in becoming a “Champion” to lead the physical activities would attend a workshop. After the workshop, each Champion would return his or her school to recruit other individuals to help with the program. Champions would receive additional training and taught to check information collected from the schools to help enhance physical activities for students.

All physical activity would be recorded by a pedometer attached to a belt and all collected data would be provided to the schools.

 The program would offer stipends and technical support to participating schools.

Also Tuesday, KCSD Director for Student Assessment Lavoy Carter presented SAT/ACT results and explanations of the scores, as well as strategies to improve scores. Communications Coordinator Mary Anne Byrd supplied additional information for several policy revisions, which trustees unanimously approved.

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