New head football coach paid more than any teacher at Glen Rose ISD

Is Football more important than Education?

New head football coach paid more than any teacher at Glen Rose ISD

26 February 2016 at 9:06:35 AM

Glen Rose ISD recently hired a new Athletic Director/Head Football Coach, press release by GRISD here. Notice in the press release,

Coach Watkins is currently the Head Football Coach and Athletic Director in Eastland ISD where he has guided the Mavericks to a 21-5 record over the past 2 years.  Prior to Eastland, he was the offensive coordinator at Midland Lee leading them to a 9-3 record and their first District Championship in 13 years.  Coach Watkins was an assistant at Stephenville High School from 2008-2012 winning the Class 3A Division I State Championship in 2012.  His career started in Cisco where he was a part of the 2006 State Finalists and 2007 State Semi-Finalists.  He has also served as a graduate assistant at Tarleton State University in 2005.

they immediately start talking about his football record instead of his educational background, which ends up being the second paragraph, pointing to the fact that they really want him for football purposes because people list the most important things first in press releases.Then they finally get into his educational background or it starts to sound like it

Coach Watkins graduated from Breckenridge High School and was named the 1998 Dave Campbell Class 3A Player of the Year as the Breckenridge quarterback.  After high school, he signed with the University of Arizona and played there from 1999-2001 before transferring to Tarleton where he became a record-setting quarterback and was named Division II Player of the Year Finalist in 2003.

But after looking you really realize that they are again talking about football, not what degree this person achieved but the football accolades instead. In reading the press release there are no statements about what education degree Mr. Watkins has earned in college besides football. You can tell the focus of the press release is all about football instead of education.

Now I decided to get a copy of this new Athletic Director/Head Football Coach's new salary and compare it to the top 5 paid teachers in Glen Rose ISD because I suspected the teachers are being paid less than the new Athletic Director/Head Football Coach. So I sent in an open records request asking for the top 5 teachers salaries with no names provided, just the title and salaries with stipends and my suspicions were confirmed. Here is what was provided by Glen Rose ISD showing the teachers salaries compared to the AD

TOP 5 GRISD Teacher Salaries vs new Athletic Director/Head Football Coach. Source: Glen Rose ISD





With this data provided do you think Glen Rose ISD cares more about sports than education? I wonder if some teacher was told no on a raise this year because the school couldn't afford it due to power plant lawsuit but here they can afford to not only keep funding the football program that causes student concussions, another story to be told, but also pay the new head coach more than any teacher in the District in the process.


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