George Chaump believed he would have the opportunity to speak to the Harrisburg School District Board of Education Tuesday night.
But the only one he
spoke to was Stephanie Loh of the Harrisburg Patriot-News because there was no school board meeting; the Board's next scheduled meeting is next month.
was led to believe the Board would meet at the district's administration building on Tuesday night, but there was no meeting.
pleas to reinstate his
job as Harrisburg's assistant athletic director and facilities manager will have to wait until August 9 when the Board meets again in a non-legislative session.
That meeting will take place just one week before formal preseason football practice begins statewide.
has said that he
will continue to coach - the district retained him as football coach for a supplemental salary of $7,500 - but as of this moment, he
will coach without his
administrative position, something Chaump
has said will be very difficult for him to do.
Chaump said he offered the previous board an option, to pro-rate his administrative position through the football season, then eliminate following the season if there was still a need to do so.
The Patriot-News' Stephanie Loh reports that George Chaump's
attempt to restore his
assistant athletic director's post at Harrisburg High School
must wait another 5 days.
The new Harrisburg School District Board met for the first time Thursday night, but Chaump
did not speak because his
matter was considered a personnel issue and would be taken up when the board meets again on Tuesday, according to Loh's report on pennlive.com here.
Chaump's positions as assistant AD and facilities manager, which paid Chaump a reported $93,000 plus benefits was one of 31 administrative positions slashed on Monday by Harrisburg's appointed board, which had directing authority of the Harrisburg School District as the result of a 1998 state law that handed control of certain distressed school district to the mayors of those cities.
Monday's budget vote that resulted in dozens of layoffs - about 100 teaching positions were also eliminated - leaving Chaump
, 74, with just his
coaching stipend of approximately $7,500.
had also drawn his
medical benefits from the school district's health care plan, not Medicare.
is currently without health insurance.
But the elected board that took over on Thursday said it would review all budget matters, including the layoffs approved by the appointed board.
But the new board did not discuss specific positions on Thursday.
has indicated he
will continue to coach, at least at this point.
will begin his
eighth year at Harrisburg with a record 53-26 that includes two Mid-Penn Conference championships and a District 3-AAAA championship.
Prior to Chaump's arrival, Harrisburg had won neither a Mid-Penn nor a district championship.
Chaump, who got his start in coaching as an assistant at William Penn High School in Harrisburg in 1958, has compiled a 173-50 record as a scholastic head coach coach at Shamokin (1961), John Harris (1962-1967), Central Dauphin (1997-2002) and Harrisburg (2003-current).
From 1968 through 1994, Chaump
coached at Ohio State
, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
, Marshall University
and the U.S.
Posted by rod at 9:57 pmTagged with: George Chaump, Harrisburg football, Harrisburg High School, Harrisburg School Board
Chaump will coach, but he's
not happy about it
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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