Fambrough: Questions abound and little time for LHSAA to find answers _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LHSAA Executive Director Eddie Bonine

Is no news good news?

That’s the latest word from Executive Director Eddie Bonine on the LHSAA’s attempts to stave off a “job action” by members of the Louisiana High School Officials Association.

“There have been some good meetings,” Bonine said. “I met with (LHSOA President Paul LaRosa) on June 8 and then I met with the superintendents from across the state a couple of days later.

“I’m supposed to meet with Mr. LaRosa again on June 23. We’ll see what happens after that.”

Bonine remains confident the LHSAA and LHSOA can find solutions to issues that escalated in large proportions since January. That’s when LHSAA member principals rejected pay raises for basketball and volleyball officials and also took away travel pay for baseball/softball umpires who are on site to call games that are rained out.

The LHSOA has countered by putting together a higher pay scale for officials in a number of sports. LHSOA contracts sent to all LHSAA schools require schools to agree to the pay raises. The LHSOA has told the schools they must sign contracts in order to secure officials for their games in 2015-16.

The rub — and it’s a pretty big one — is that signing a contract with the LHSOA is in violation of the LHSAA’s by-laws.

Bonine gave member schools a period of time to “self-report” signing LHSOA contracts. Between 50 and 75 schools reportedly signed LHSOA contracts.

That’s a review of where the LHSAA and LHSOA have been over the past few months.

The LHSOA said it won’t waver in its demands for pay raises. Bonine said the LHSAA won’t let schools violate their by-laws by signing contracts with the LHSOA.

Is there a compromise in the offing? Guess we’ll have to wait a bit longer to find out.

Arkansas offers Roach

Make that a third Southeastern Conference offer and No. 33 overall for Madison Prep defensive lineman/tight end Malcolm Roach.

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound senior-to-be was offered a scholarship by Arkansas on Saturday as the Razorbacks wrapped up the final day of their prospects camp. Roach said wide receivers coach Michael Smith extended the scholarship offer. Roach earned Class 1A all-state honors the past two years for the Chargers, who move up to 2A this fall.

“It was good,” Roach said of the camp. “They had me work strictly on defense. I did some team drills and some one-on-one stuff. Then they offered me.”

The Arkansas offer comes a week after both Mississippi State and Missouri offered the son of MPA football coach Michael Roach a scholarship. His list of other scholarship offers includes North Carolina State, Illinois, Kansas, Southern Miss, Texas Tech and Louisiana Tech.

Up next month for Roach are camps at LSU and Texas.

“I want to see how things go the rest of the summer,” Roach said. “Then I’d like to have a list of finalists before our season starts.”

Officials meeting

The Baton Rouge Area Football Officials Association will hold its first fall meeting at 7 p.m. June 29 at the Goodwood Library, 7711 Goodwood Blvd.

This meeting is for new and transfer football officials. The first meeting for veteran officials is set for 7 p.m. July 6. Contact BRAFOA President Louis Metevia at (225) 268-7026 for details.

Job openings

Live Oak High School seeks an assistant baseball-assistant football coach. Applicants must be certified to teach social studies and possess a valid Louisiana Teaching Certificate.

Applicants should email a cover letter and résumé including coaching experience to Brett Beard at brett.beard@lpsb.org and Robert Graves at robert.graves@lpsb.org

Donaldsonville High School needs a head girls basketball coach. Applicants must be certified in secondary education, preferably in ELA or Special Education.

Apply via the Ascension Parish School Board (Human Resources) website www.apsb.org or by contacting the athletic director Benny Guilbeau at benny.guilbeaux@apsb.org or Principal Marvin Evans at marvin.evans@apsb.org 225-257-2900.

Southern Lab seeks a head baseball coach who is certified to teach social studies or math. The application deadline is noon Friday. Contact SLHS Director Ronnie Harrison by email at ronnie_harrison@subr.edu.

Prep notables

Former Woodlawn volleyball player Leah Williams signed with Dillard last week.

Williams signed with the Bleu Devils at WHS on Thursday, the same night local players concluded their summer league action.

Former Hammond High standout Chet Niehaus of Alabama Southern was named to the 2015 NJCAA Division I Baseball Gold Glove Team. A freshman outfielder, Niehaus had a 1.000 fielding percentage in the spring.