Russell Co. looks into cutting non-tenured teachers

By Fatima Rahmatullah - email | Twitter

RUSSELL COUNTY, AL (WTVM) – The Russell County School Board is considering a plan to cut non-tenured positions to save money and that could put athletic programs in a bid.

Russell County's School District is voting Wednesday night to possibly cut supplemental pay for teachers who coach sports after school.  Jeff Miller is disappointed.  He's a proud father of a catcher who plays for the Russell County High Warriors.

" You know I don't think that's right they already don't probably receive a whole bunch of money," says Miller.

He says these teachers spend a lot of hours outside the classroom, coaching and training the kids, "Helping them coach and build character for these kids as they get older, things that may carry them into college."

Tony Rasmus, Russell County's head baseball coach, says he'll continue to coach regardless of the board's vote.

"We baseball coaches here don't really coach for the money because if we did, it probably amount to a penny an hour so it won't effect what I do here.  It's not that much money anyway if you look at it," says Rasmus.

He says baseball coaches make about $1,500 extra for the school year for coaching, but football coaches make an additional $5,000- $6,000 a year.

"That's a little more substantial.  That may effect their decision making if they don't make that money to spend all the that time that they usually spend on the football field," says Rasmus.

"I coach because I love it, it's not because I do it for the money."

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