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Lawrence County coaches to get pay raises

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Coaches in Lawrence County will be getting a boost in their supplemental salaries, the first raise in about 20 years.

The county Board of Education unanimously approved the increases which take effect at the end of October.

High school football and basketball coaches' supplemental pay will go from $5,500 a year to $7,700 – a 44 percent increase. Baseball, softball, tennis and volleyball coaches will get a 20 to 25 percent raise.

The salary budget for Lawrence County coaches will increase from $375,000 to $490,000. Superintendent Heath Grimes said there has not been a pay increase for the coaches in 20 years and, with the school system in good fiscal shape, now is a good time for the raise.

"This year, we have the teaching units that we feel like are where we need, as far as we have teachers in place that leave us in good shape," he said. "So, we feel like we could afford to add the $100,000 for the coaching supplements to get them at least close to what they should be making."

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