BAKER — The Baker School Board voted 3-1 Tuesday to approve Superintendent Ulysses Joseph’s personnel recommendations.
Included was a controversial list of stipends for coaches.
Board Vice President Elaine G. Davis abstained and board member Doris Alexander voted against the recommendation.
During the Aug. 9 board meeting, Baker High athletic director Gary Mitchell, along with the other coaches, was listed as being in line to receive a stipend, Alexander said.
But Mitchell’s name was not on the list of coaches presented during Tuesday’s meeting.
“When Mitchell’s duties were changed, the board agreed not to change his salary,” Joseph said. “He will still get his coaching supplement from last year, but it will be rolled into his salary.”
Board President Dana Carpenter said that Mitchell was included on the Aug. 9 list through an oversight.
“Supervisors are salaried,” Carpenter said. “Coaches do extra duties. Athletic directors always get paid less than coaches.”
The board voted June 29 to allow Mitchell to remain as athletic director provided he returned to the classroom as a teacher without additional pay.
Alexander expressed concern that Mitchell was being singled out, since he is required to teach as well as serve as athletic director while not receiving an extra stipend.
Other matters getting attention during the meeting included:
WATER LEAK AT TRACK: Joseph reported that J.F. Juge Construction Co. discovered water again “in the same hole” during continuing renovations of the athletic track.
The project began nearly a year ago, but has been stalled by a hard-to-find leak. The new water might be the result of rain during the weekend or spillage from an air conditioner, Joseph said.
AIR CONDITIONING WOES: Joseph said that the air conditioner at Baker High School has been fixed. The school was closed part of Thursday and all day Friday because of the faulty system.
“Some of the rooms are still not cooling properly, but I have confidence that the problem will get better,” Joseph said.