LHSAA comes to terms with officials on pay, representation issues

High school sports officials won the day when negotiations with the Louisiana High School Athletic Association (LHSAA) yielded the considerations they sought, both in terms of game pay and having a voice in matters that pertain to their job performance.

A final agreement between the two bodies was announced today by LHSAA executive director Eddie Bonine.

The key points agreed upon by the LHSAA’s executive committee and officials include the following:

The LHSAA will immediately begin the process of recognizing the Louisiana High School Officials Association (LHSOA) as an approved entity of the LHSAA.

The LHSAA will begin a process to change its bylaws to give the LHSOA a seat on the executive committee.

By Oct. 1, the LHSAA will recreate the LHSAA Sports Officiating Committee to be composed of an equal number of LHSAA and LHSOA representatives selected by their respective organizations. This committee will be charged with developing a process to deal with issues relating to officiating and communications between the two organizations.

The LHSAA will immediately implement the LHSOA’s proposed fee schedule, which includes higher fees for officials in seven sports. These fees will be locked in for four years through the 2018-19 school year. The seven sports include football, volleyball, basketball, wrestling, soccer, softball and baseball.

Baseball umpires will receive partial compensation for rained-out games to which they are assigned.

By accepting the terms of the agreement, the LHSOA will withdraw its requests for written contracts from each school.

The executive committee has the authority to negotiate and sign agreements, but principals must pass any proposal by a simple majority at their January 2016 convention for it to become part of the LHSAA bylaws.

Members of the Greater New Orleans Football Officials Association went back to work on Monday by holding their first weekly meeting. A group of 105 officials viewed rule changes for the 2015 season during a presentation by assignment secretary Kevin Boitmann.

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