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County soccer coaches getting an assistant, no raise

By Bayne Hughes 340-2432

FALKVILLE — Morgan County Schools' soccer coaches will have to be satisfied with their current pay, at least for now, but they are getting some help.

On the recommendation from Superintendent Bob Balch, the school board approved a $765 assistant soccer coach supplement Monday night at its monthly meeting, at Falkville High School.

Balch recommended that the board keep head soccer coaches' supplements at $1,530 until April, when, he suggested, the school board can address coaches' supplements again. Brewer, Priceville and West Morgan high schools are the only schools offering soccer, although Danville High may be starting a team this spring.

He also recommended that the schools be allowed to continue using volunteer coaches during this school year.

School board member Betty Hackett expressed concern that a soccer assistant makes less than a baseball or softball assistant coach does at $1,245, but voted for the motion.

"I don't think we should make it lower than some of the other spring assistant coaches when they spend the same amount of time," Hackett said.

Balch said the assistant coach supplement is half of what the head coach makes in all three sports.

School board President Jimmy Dobbs agreed with recommendation, saying that this gives the head coaches some help for now.

The school board and superintendent have been reluctant to raise coaching supplements despite a request in June by Priceville High Principal Guy Bowling. Their reluctance is due to a mandate from the state to cut expenses and rebuild reserves.

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