BATON ROUGE, La. (WGNO) – The Louisiana High School Athletic Association has told game officials in all sports there will be no increases in pay in 2015.
In a letter to the Louisiana High School Officials Association, LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine said he and assistant executive director Keith Alexander will “promote in good faith” a fee schedule proposed by the Officials Association starting in 2016 through 2020.
Bonine and Alexander cannot authorize a fee increase. Only LHSAA principals can do so.
Officials recently sent correspondence to more than 400 LHSAA member schools. Officials proposed a fee schedule that included modest raises in all sports. The LHSOA told the schools to either sign a contract with their group or there would no officials assigned to that school’s games.
The LHSAA said any school signing such an agreement would be in violation of the LHSAA handbook.
LHSOA President of the executive committee Paul LaRosa said he was summoned to the LHSAA offices in Baton Rouge Tuesday morning and handed a letter outlining Bonine’s position.
LaRosa said officials in the four largest associations in the state: Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Monroe, and New Orleans will not work. He said the Monroe association has also said it will not work games starting in the fall.
In his letter, Bonine said he will recommend to the Executive Committee in September that the half game rainout fee be reinstated for softball and baseball.
Principals removed that rainout fee in a vote at the LHSAA convention in January. Principals also voted down modest increases for officials in volleyball and basketball.