Madison City Schools increases supplements $84K for 38 district coaches

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MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — For many athletic coaches within the Madison City Schools system, their paychecks just got a little bigger. The school board approved supplements and incentives for 38 coaches throughout the district.

The supplements aim to reward coaches for the time they invest in their programs during the summer months.

“We recognize that they put a lot of hours in over the summer,” said School Board Vice President Terri Johnson. “We wish we could pay them for every hour that they’re putting in over the summer, but we just couldn’t afford to do that.”

In total, Johnson said the supplements will cost the district nearly $84,000.

“When we first started talking about what increases we thought would be fair and reasonable and then we added the bottom line, we realized that we can’t afford to do what we would like to do, so we put a cap on it really and said what are the most critical areas where we feel like we have the least competitive salaries and supplements.”

The board also adjusted the incentives for coaches whose teams advance through the 7A playoffs.

The moves come as part of the school system’s ongoing effort to stay competitive salary-wise for all positions. Johnson said a┬áreview committee began evaluating coach compensation in October and compared it to seven other school districts throughout the state.

“What we found, pretty much across the board, is that we that we were in the lower to middle range of what we were paying our coaches.”

The committee used the same process for superintendent and principal pay. It also evaluated the compensation for the district’s music, art and drama advisers. It found those salaries were competitive.

Johnson said the committee plans to do the same for central office personnel in the coming months.

“We want to retain the great people that we have here in Madison.”