JCPS athletic coaches will see delay in extra pay
About 150 of JCPS' fall coaches -- many of whom are also teachers -- were supposed to get their first installment of extra pay on their Sept. 23 paycheck, but officials say it may not be until late October before they receive it.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The delay in a salary agreement between Jefferson County Public Schools and its unions will also now impact when some of its athletic coaches will receive their extra pay.
About 150 of the district's fall coaches -- many of whom are also teachers -- were supposed to receive their first installment of extra pay on their Sept. 23 paycheck, but officials said Thursday it won't be until late October they receive it.
Jennifer Brislin, a district spokeswoman, says that due the pending salary negotiations, the fiscal year 2016-2017 pay rates for coaches have not yet been approved by the Jefferson County Board of Education.
"Once approved, we will be able to process the hiring of the coaches and ensure they are paid at the appropriate pay rate," she told WDRB. "Our goal is to pay our fall coaches quickly and accurately after board approval. At this time, it is anticipated that the first fall coaching increment will be paid in October."
Some high school athletic directors tell WDRB they were not notified about the pay delay until Tuesday and that they quickly sent a note out to their fall coaches -- some of whom have been coaching since July.
Coaches receive additional pay depending on which sport or activity they coach, what level they coach and how long they've been coaching.
Pay ranges from $400 to $4,000 at the middle school coaching level and between $400 and $8,900 at the high school coaching level. For example, a middle school football or basketball coach with no or little experience receives $1,364 in extra pay, whereas a high school head basketball or football coach can start off making $4,546.
JCPS recently reached a tentative two-year agreement with the Jefferson County Teachers Association on wages, but it has not yet been approved by union membership or the school board.
Teachers have until Sept. 9 to vote on whether they approve or disapprove of the agreement, which gives them a 2.25 percent raise over the next two years.
If approved by majority of JCTA membership, it would then go to the school board for approval, which would not likely happen until the board's Sept. 27 meeting.
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