$ 10,000 in AP funds added to the salaries of Chile’s highschool soccer coaches – Tallahassee Experiences
An investigation into the use of Advanced Placement (AP) funds by Chilean high school officials found that $ 10,000 of the funds were used to supplement the Chilean football coach’s salary.
While the investigative report indicates that school officials have a wide discretion in how the funds are used, the situation with the Chilean high school football coach is particularly worrying.
AP funds are awarded to high schools for each student on each advanced practice course who scores 3 or higher on the College Board Advanced Placement Examination.
Current guidelines require each school district to allocate at least 80 percent of funding to advanced internship teaching.
Chile’s high school received $ 449,238 in AP funding in 2020-21, and there is evidence that approximately $ 107,777 of that money was used to fund additional hourly positions not related to AP activities stand.
The report shows that Mr. Burgess and others confirm the circumstances in which Chilean high school soccer coach Kevin Pettis was given $ 10,000 in additional annual pay.
Mr. Pettis interviewed for the position in 2014 and told Burgess that he would not be able to afford a pay cut if he accepted the position. Burgess asked Pettis to bring in his last paycheck so he could compare the difference. Although the exact wage gap is unknown, the report stated that there was a gap of $ 1,500 per month ($ 15,000 over ten months).
Chile officials admit that the additional compensation to Pettis was intended to fill this compensation gap. Burgess and those involved also told investigators that the money is not simply “free” and that additional work is required.
The rapporteurs found that the compensation would potentially be adequate if the additional tasks were carried out under such an arrangement.
But, like other employees hired with AP funds, the Chilean high school officials did not track or report his lessons.
However, unlike other employees, the report found that Pettis was not assigned any specific additional duties. Rather, it seems that Coach Pettis was free to choose any additional obligation at his own discretion.
Later in the year, Petitis claims he did the following:
- Cleaning, sweeping, and maintaining the $ 1.4 million multi-purpose field (used for boys ‘soccer, girls’ soccer, lacrosse, flag football, band, practice team, special olympics and sports programs, and various external programs) (a 1.5 / hour between He performed 134 times in August 2020 and June 2021.
- Coverage of sporting events of all kinds (basketball,
Baseball, softball, volleyball, wrestling, flag football, middle school football,
etc.) that took place on the CHS campus (51 events between 2.5 and 6 hours.)
- Maintain “out of the weight room year round” including “keep weeds under control” and “trim bushes and mulch” at your own expense.
- Opening the weight room to all athletes (not just his students) before and after school.
- Moving the COVID-19 disinfectant fogger between changing rooms and weight rooms.
- Providing additional coverage for any other event requested by the administration as needed.
- Place on the Leon County Sheriff’s Office “on call” list when intruders are found on the soccer field.
It emerges from the report that it is not clear whether many of these duties are really different from positions for which Pettis has already been paid.
For example, while Pettis claims that opening the weight room before or after school entitles him to additional compensation, overseeing the weight room is exactly the kind of additional duty that is likely to be considered and included in the allowance Pettis is already receiving .
While claims that his work on the multipurpose field and outside of the weight room were “maintenance issues” outside of his regular job duties, this is far from clear. The District Managers have expressed their firm belief that such activities are carried out regularly, either as part of their work or as part of their additional pay.
The report found that the Leon County Schools guidelines lack clear job descriptions for the positions or roles that describe specific expected duties.
Without additional information, the report does not draw any conclusions as to whether the levied charges are appropriate for an additional hourly wage – especially given Burgess’ discretion.