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January 12, 2013

Some coaches approved to earn more

PRINCETON — Several coaches in Mercer County are going to be earning more money next year.

The Mercer County Board of Education approved Board Policy G-11 (Coaches Supplements) Tuesday night. Under the new policy, salaries will increase for track and cross country coaches, the number of paid football assistants will be capped at five, and the number of assistants at minimum for football will be set at two.

The board debated the policy in question for many months. Originally, the board requested Akers revise the policy to avoid having football teams with 20 players and 7 coaches. At the time, then-board member Lynne White also requested that the board investigate equalizing salaries across sports.

That idea was rejected because the board wanted to provide an incentive to coaches in basketball and football to come to Mercer County.

However, by the time Akers presented the policy to the board, Paul Hodges had been elected in place of White. He requested that Akers level the salary for cross-country and track to the level of other high school-level sports, like wrestling, volleyball, and soccer.

Tuesday, the revisions met the approval of the board. Hodges introduced the motion, Mary Alice Kaufman seconded and the board approved the policy, four to zero.

President Greg Prudich was unable to attend the first part of the meeting due to a meeting with legislators in Charleston and thus was unable to vote on the matter.

— Contact Matt Christian at mchristian@ptonline.net.

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