AUBURN, Mass. – Auburn High School coaches have not received a pay increase since the turn of the century, so the school district is looking into whether they should get a boost this year.
Athletic Director William Garneau reported to Superintendent Maryellen Brunelle that the coaches’ stipends have not been changed in about 12 years.
As a result, Garneau offered to head a subcommittee of coaches to review their salaries in comparison to surrounding towns, bringing a recommendation to Brunelle and then the school committee.
At Wednesday's school committee meeting, chairman Jeffrey Lourie said there are “coaches that are dealing with so many students.”
“Information came back to me that there haven’t been pay increases since 1999, and I just want to make sure that these coaches are being compensated fairly with all the extra work that they’re doing,” Lourie said.
At the meeting, the committee received a coaching salary comparison with 11 area schools: Dudley-Charlton, Millbury, Oxford, Sutton, Leicester, Northbridge, Douglas, Grafton, Tantasqua, Spencer and Quaboag.
The Auburn football coach receives a stipend of $5,592. The highest-paid football coach in the area gets $6,107 at Dudley-Charlton, while the lowest is $3,073 in Sutton.
The Auburn basketball coach collects a $4,542 stipend. Spencer’s coach has the highest basketball stipend at $5,412, while Sutton pays the lowest wage at $3,073.
The Auburn baseball coach receives $3,861 a year. The highest baseball stipend is $4,439 in Spencer, and the lowest is $3,073 in Sutton.
The Auburn cross country coach earns $2,446. The highest cross country wage is $4,329 in Douglas, and Dudley-Charlton pays the lowest at $2,398.
Other coaches’ stipends that Garneau will review are soccer, field hockey, golf, cheerleading, ice hockey, indoor track, softball, track and tennis.
In addition to schools surrounding Auburn, Lourie said he wanted to see data of other schools that Auburn plays in sports, including Westborough and Holliston.