Harrisburg High School football coach George Chaump lost his salaried position as assistant athletic director at Harrisburg High School, but he said he will continue to coach football this season despite the loss of salary and benefits.
The Harrisburg School Board
, in its final act as the mayor-appointed board, passed a budget for 2010-2011 that eliminated several positions, including Chaump's
$87,000 assistant AD post, to close a projected $22 million budget shortfall.
also lost his
supplemental position as athletic facilities director.
The district still offered Chaump
the head football coaching position at a salary of $7,500.
When asked directly if he
would continue to coach, Chaump
said, "I would have to say yes."
That's not a surprise.
, by his
own admission, thinks about football 24/7.
would be lost without a summer of workouts and an autumn of practices and games.
But he's in a difficult position.
contract expires on Wednesday at midnight.
is left, at age 74, without salary and benefits.
could sign up for Medicare (he says he
never has because he
had health care benefits through first Central Dauphin and more recently Harrisburg), but he
cannot draw on that plan immediately.
There is a political angle to his
acceptance of the coaching position.
"I'm counting on the elected board to rectify this," Chaump
made a plea to Harrisburg administration to allow him to keep his
AD post through the football season, after which the school board could eliminate the position.
did so to maintain his
role as school administrator and educator while coaching.
There was no public comment period for the meeting, which was a budget meeting (as opposed to regular board meet), despite the fact that a large crowd had gathered, many presumably to support Chaump
Posted by rod at 10:04 pmTagged with: George Chaump, Harrisburg, Harrisburg School Board
Just a reminder that rodfrisco.com will have a post on the fate of Harrisburg football coach George Chaump's assistant athletic director's position at Harrisburg.
Posted by rod at 3:15 pmTagged with: George Chaump, Harrisburg, PIAA