By GALEN HOLLEY
Grenada’s spending on athletics is in the upper echelon of schools in its district, according to officials.
For the 2011-12 school year, the district spent nearly $136,000 above what all sports took in at the their gates.
“Grenada is very fortunate to have a school board and superintendent that provide such outstanding support and resources,” said Director of Students Tim Wilder, during a presentation to the Grenada School Board on Dec. 11.
The district’s athletic program had a budget of $122,000 for the 2011-2012 school year. Grenada’s spending was near the top of schools in District 2- Class 6A, according to Wilder. Grenada’s budget was more than double that of six of the seven schools against which it competed in the division, Wilder said.
“Grenada’s individual sports budgets ranged from $62,000 for football to $1,000 for the golf program,” said Wilder. “We believe we are giving our athletes and coaches what they need to be successful. An added advantage to the athletic budget for each sport is travel and contest official expense, which totaled over $30,000, and was not included in the budget,” he said.
Expenditures also included supplemental pay for coaching duties that were not included in each sport’s athletic budget, Wilder told the board.
The district paid a total of $192,360 in coaching supplements during the year.
“The supplements we pay our coaches are very competitive in most cases.” said Wilder. “The district also provided athletic periods during the school day, which was an additional cost because coaches were removed from classroom responsibilities during these practices. Therefore, an added cost was incurred when additional teachers were required in the classroom while the coaches were practicing with the teams.”
For all sports, the district spent $380,422 for teachers to fill in and for coaching supplements.
The district spent $229,201 on athletic periods and supplements in football; $66,567 in basketball; $50,154 in baseball.
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