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Written by MITCH MAERSCH   
Wednesday, 23 August 2017 17:04

Board approves 5% increase, the first in years for high school coaches and club advisors

Coaches and extracurricular advisors in the Cedar Grove-Belgium School District will receive a raise for the first time in years after the School Board this month approved an across-the-board pay increase.
“I can’t remember updating this,” School Board President Chad Hoopman, who has been on the board for 12 years, said.
The board approved an  immediate 5% pay increase for coaches and advisors as part of the 2017-18 teacher handbook. Future years’ pay will be tied to base pay.
Head coaches in all sports had been receiving $3,300. The raise amounts to $165.
Supt. Jeanne Courneene said extracurricular pay used to be 9.1% of the teachers’ base salary, and the athletic director received 9.3% of the base. At one point, it was changed to a straight amount.
The board tweaked the wording of the drama director’s pay to receive “per play.” The old language read “one play per year,” and last year the high school held plays in the fall and spring. The director of the spring play did not receive any compensation.
The pay for the drama director was $2,012.84 before the 5% increase.
Board member Aileen Dahlke asked if coaches receive more money for playoff games. The football team last year nearly played an extra season in advancing all the way to the state title game, she noted.
High School Principal Josh Ketterhagen said playoffs are part of the job. No extra pay is given.
The increases were approved on a 6-1 vote. Board member Dan Bruhn voted against, saying he preferred a maximum number of plays to be put into the handbook to prevent the school from holding five or 10 productions.
Ketterhagen said all plays need administrative approval, so he could address the number if it gets too high.
In addition, the board discussed increasing substitute pay.
Substitute teachers receive $95 per day. Director of Business Services Kris DeBruin said area school districts pay $10 higher, and even more on Fridays.
Courneene said some districts also pay more for substitutes during the last week of school.
The board directed the district to do more research on the issue with the intent to act at its next meeting, Sept. 13.
Hoopman said the board could update the number of school plays at that time as well.

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