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Athletic Director Outlines $1.2 Million Athletic Budget

Coaches' stipends and transportation make up the largest components of the budget.

Athletic Director Bob Lockhart outlined the $1.2 million athletic budget for 2014-2015.
Athletic Director Bob Lockhart outlined the $1.2 million athletic budget for 2014-2015.

At Thursday evening's Board of Education workshop meeting, athletic director Robert Lockhart, who was hired by the Summit district in July, broke down the costs that make up the proposed $1.2 million athletic budget for the 2014-2015 school year.

Lockhart began by addressing what drives the athletic budget:

-Coaches’ stipends: $741,928

-Transportation: $229,170

-Supplies: $102,560

-Officials fees: $94,335

-Dues (determined by state and county): $54,440

The budget total is up approximately $26,000, or 2.17 percent, over 2013-2014 as a result of the hiring of two assistant basketball coaches; each is paid over $8,000, Lockhart explained. Additionally, as coaches "move up the guide" as they gain more experience, their stipends increase. 

Dues and fees are also up about $5,000 as some sports now require more officials on the field than in the past. Lockhart reinterated that this is a cost regulated by the county and state and beyond Summit's control. An increase in home games added $637 to the budget as well. 

Not included in the athletic budget but an item on the district’s wish list is a new athletic trainer. Currently, the district employs one athletic trainer, Karen Manista ATC, who serves both the middle and high school. Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nathan Parker said an additional trainer, who could accompany the wrestling or hockey team, would be beneficial. Parker and Lockhart explained that as the student population has grown, so has participation in athletic programs. Both expect that percentage to continue to rise in the future.  

Lockhart described the athletic program's goals as follows:

·      Promote Learning

·      Life Skills, which include dealing with conflict and working as a team

·      Healthy Lifestyle, which encompasses discussion on rest, nutrition, and proper diet

·      Sportsmanship, winning or losing with class 

Lockhart said he feels “very fortunate” to come into his new position with a solid base in place, which he attributes to the hard work of those who preceeded him. The athletic director said he has been impressed with the “professional coaches who care about their kids" as well as the support of the community, particularly the Summit Boosters Association, which provides $50,000 in support annually to the district's programs. 

"Success breeds success," said Lockhart, who added that he looks forward to seeing athletes continues to move in the right direction.

Lockhart's budget presentation is one of several that will be made in the coming weeks, the Board explained. 

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Exile on main st. January 10, 2014 at 01:53 PM
This is absolutely disgusting. The Board of Estimate can't fund universal full day kindergarten but $1.2 million for athletics is A-OK. What a joke.
Phyllis Sank January 11, 2014 at 07:24 AM
We couldn't agree with you more. It is absolutely shameful that our Mayor, Council, Board of Education and those who make up the Board of School Estimate can sign off on a million plus for athletics, including a new trainer, but can not find the funds for universal full-day kindergarten! How is that 75% of NJ school districts can come up with necessary funds, but in our wealthy community, only 40 spots are available at $5500 per student to be paid by their family for our costly tax-dollar funded public schools? Where are the young families in Summit? Doesn't anybody out there care? Speak up Summit!! Phyllis and Lewis Sank
jeff goldstein January 11, 2014 at 03:13 PM
It has been clear for a long time that the residents of Summit don't want full day kindergarten in the Summit Public Schools. The current full day kindergarten plan is being implemented by the non elected Board of Ed as a way to bypass having a vote by the Board of School Estimate.
Exile on main st. January 12, 2014 at 05:26 PM
What is clear to me is that a Summit is full of self-centered, small minded people who like the status quo as long as they think it benefits them. So I guess we'll have to wait until the state mandates universal FDK for this district to join the 75% of NJ districts that recognize it is no longer 1962 and universal FDK is a necessary component of public education.

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