Referees reached a compensation agreement with the Palm Beach County school district, ending their work stoppage ahead of the Kickoff Classic. Volleyball officials still have not progressed toward a deal.
High school football will be played in Palm Beach County after area referees reached a compensation agreement with the Palm Beach County School District on Wednesday, ending the work stoppage a day before the preseason Kickoff Classic begins.
The East Coast Football Officials Association got the temporary $10 raise they were looking for while the FHSAA works on a long-term pay solution.
"They are going to give us a $10 increase, and they’re just going to add that increase to our travel wage," said Travelle Northern, president of the East Coast Football Officials Association. "They’re not changing the actual game fee, but they’re going to increase our travel rate by $10 to get us there for this year, in the short term."
"[ECFOA officiating crews] have already contacted the athletic directors for those games that are tomorrow, as well as for Friday," said Northern. "There might have been some changes here or there, and we’re working that part out with the district but, for the most part, everything is ready to begin tomorrow."
We have reached an agreement with the @pbcsd and are thankful and appreciative of the support we have received from everyone, especially the coaches. Our officials are prepared and ready to take the field beginning tomorrow night!— ECFOA (@ECFOArefs) August 14, 2019
Six games are scheduled to take place in Palm Beach County on Thursday, including Atlantic hosting Deerfield Beach. Those games were in jeopardy until an agreement was reached.
"Football season in Palm Beach County is a time of great pride, and a source of inspiration and involvement for players, students, parents and the community at large," said Palm Beach County school district superintendent Donald Fennoy. I'm thrilled that the season will not be delayed."
The deal struck between football officials and the school district is independent of the district’s negotiations with the East Coast Volleyball Officials Association, which is currently engaged in a work stoppage.
Volleyball matches on Tuesday and Wednesday in Palm Beach County were canceled due to the officials’ work stoppage. Some have been tentatively rescheduled for Thursday.
Volleyball officials are asking for a $15 raise from $45 to $60. That rate is similar to what officials get paid in neighboring states, according to ECVOA president Kevin Finneran.
Finneran said that, as of Wednesday afternoon, the school district was not returning his phone calls.