Columbia School Board Approves New Formula for Paying Coaches and Selling Online Game Tickets | Community News
When: Columbia School Board meeting, August 18.
What happened: School board members have approved a new formula for determining how much athletic coaches and assistant coaches will be paid.
Background: District business manager Keith Ramsey said staff developed the formula as a way to improve recruitment and retention of coaches. He explained that the average Lancaster County head athletic coach is paid about $5,800, while the average Columbia Borough school district coach is paid about $1,800.
Details: Factors such as the length of a sport’s season, the amount of prep work required and whether the sport is collision, contact or non-contact are factored into the new formula, Ramsey explained. He added that the formula will be implemented gradually, with the aim that in five years the salaries of coaches will be close to the county average.
Quotable“Our head coaches are (paid) the lowest in any sport in the county,” Ramsey said.
other business: At the request of Marvin Sanders, District Athletic Director, the council has approved the use of HomeTown Ticketing, an app-based ticketing platform, for the sale of tickets for sports games. Sanders explained that the digital ticket offering will help the district track the number of people attending games and noted that fans will still have the option of purchasing paper tickets.
And after: The next meeting is at 6 p.m. on Thursday, September 15 at 200 N. Fifth St.