Paso Robles school district reinstates stipends to varsity head coaches

Eliminated in 2010 during budget cuts, the allowance was provided again under a plan from this fall

ppemberton@thetribunenews.comJanuary 11, 2013 

Two years after the Paso Robles school district eliminated funding for athletic coaches, the district is once again providing full-stipend compensation to varsity head coaches, according to a report prepared by the district.

School administrators will discuss how this happened during Tuesday’s school board meeting.

In 2010, as the district struggled to find ways to trim nearly $8 million from its budget, coaching stipends were eliminated. As a result, some worried that longtime coaches might bail from Paso sports.

Under a plan developed in the fall, the district was able to provide full stipends to all varsity head coaches and members of the certified bargaining unit. Individual teams, working under the Bearcat Boosters, would raise funds for the remaining coaching positions.

The original plan called for the individual teams to fund up to 50 percent of the full stipend amount per coach. But during the fall season, the teams raised significantly more than that, and the board will be asked to approve 100 percent of the stipend amount.

The biggest coaching stipend goes to varsity football coach Rich Schimke, who is paid $4,117 for his efforts. Heidi Sill, the varsity girls basketball coach, has the next highest, $3,695.

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