District pays $40k to buy out Gantt’s contract

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File photo Former San Benito Greyhounds Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Spencer Gantt is seen in this 2011 file photo.

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Former San Benito Greyhounds Head Football Coach and Athletic Director Spencer Gantt is seen in this 2011 file photo.

The separation agreement between San Benito CISD and now-former Greyhounds athletic director and head football coach Spencer Gantt confirms a $40,000 contract buyout and a reassignment that took place prior to his departure.

The agreement was released to the San Benito News on Tuesday in response to a request filed with the school district.

According to the agreement, Gantt agreed to be reassigned as the acting director of Special Athletic Programs prior to his resignation on Monday, Jan. 27.

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    • James on February 1, 2014 at 1:31 pm
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    Billy Jean, please tell me you are not a graduate of SBHS!

    • James on February 1, 2014 at 1:29 pm
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    At YEP, excellent points!

    • yep on January 30, 2014 at 8:43 am
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    The school board wanted Gantt out as AD/HC so bad they were willing to pay out the remainder of his contract Bottom line. You people just want to argue abou things you can’t control, it’s juvenile. When they do hire a new AD/HC you have no control and your opinion does not matter in the process, if the next coach wins everyone will be happy. If he doesn’t same result the rumors and opinions will fly.

    1. It’s going have to take a coach with a degree in electomagnetics to get players to become winners since a coach with a psychology degree won’t matter. At times people should stop and think maybe it’s not the coaches but the players who need to be approached and asked what the hick are you doing playing football ? Look at Richard ! He stands 6″0 feet tall wts in at 275 lbs and he gets it right all the time! In a SB pool of kids with small players coaches need to create miracles with the kids they have with the heart and desire to play and win. But wait ,why can the Harlingen Cardinal do it and the Greyhounds can’t ? I ask you is it the coaches or the players? Blame it on video games. Drive by the old greyhound stadium you won’t see kids running stairs or 100 yard sprints, or Gang’s of greyhounds partaking their conditioning skills , visit the weights rooms in Harlingen you won’t see any Greyhounds lifting weights. Good Luck Coach Gantt and thank you for all your hard work and dedication those players who went on to play college football. Take a big breath of fresh air and Gods Speed Man!

    • Teddyruiz on January 29, 2014 at 10:53 pm
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    If Coach Gantt resigned, then why did the school district have to buy his contract?

    • NOT MY LOVER on January 29, 2014 at 8:00 pm
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    A teacher’s salary is pro rated – the days spent working and money earned over 9 months is spread out over a 12 month period. A teacher can opt to get paid in a 9 month period but will go 3 months without pay. For the sake of not spending the money at that point in time and having money over the months when not working, the 12 month plan is usually chosen. Gantt’s situation and a teacher’s pay are not the same (the point you are trying to make). If a teacher wants to resign (a nice way of saying QUIT) in January and leave for another job, the district does not pay the remainder of the contract. A teacher only gets paid for what they worked. If a teacher does so at the end of the year, a teacher is still paid for June July and August because the amount of pay they get for those three months has already been worked for. It’s called pro rata – google it BJ. Gantt got bought out and paid for work he didn’t do. That simple.

    • Billy Jean on January 29, 2014 at 1:59 pm
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    Lets do the math and look at it from a different perspective ….

    lets say 4 first year teachers are with the district and at the end of one year in may decide teaching is not their thing or just decide to move on or even better did not meet the districts standards and the district decided not to renew their probationary contract. So since their contract was for one year their salary was divided up into 12 months so thats 39,000 divided by 12 for a total of 3250 a month so the district owes them for june july and august for a total of 9,750 for the 4 teachers for a total of 39,000. Now being pretty close to the educational field I am aware that 4 teachers leaving a district is not unheard of on a yearly basis so its safe to say that a district does “buy out” teachers but is it really “buying out ” if its money thats owed to them.

    The district simply decided that this coach was not meeting up to the expectations that were agreed upon and decided to go in a different direction. the fact that contracts are set to protect both sides is not unheard of in the educational field and is not unheard of for a teacher to get paid for the remainder of their contracts. Nobody complains or writes articles about teachers getting paid in summer when they are on vacation because its a service or option that a district provides to keep a income to an employee who probably has a family or at the least bills plus its common sense mainly to pay them for the full 12 months. so when money is owed to an employee from their salary is it really “buying out” !!!

    FAIR IS FAIR !!!

    • Bueller on January 29, 2014 at 12:37 pm
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    That was the point son. MUAH!

      • Denny Crane, Jr. on January 29, 2014 at 3:04 pm
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      Oh I see.

      It is an inside job…..HAUM

    • Bueller on January 29, 2014 at 11:41 am
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    “What power? To the Editor, …”

    Anybody been reading this Pepito Elote’s letters to the editor? “Hire me as AD/HC for free…” “Nobody has power….” Is it just me or is this guy just rambling on without a point? You should change your name to Pepé Le Pew cause you stink.

    To Pepé Le Pew,
    In 1930, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives, in an effort to alleviate the effects of the… Anyone? Anyone?… the Great Depression, passed the… Anyone? Anyone? The tariff bill? The Hawley-Smoot Tariff Act? Which, anyone? Raised or lowered?… raised tariffs, in an effort to collect more revenue for the federal government. Did it work? Anyone? Anyone know the effects? It did not work, and the United States sank deeper into the Great Depression. Today we have a similar debate over this. Anyone know what this is? Class? Anyone? Anyone? Anyone seen this before? The Laffer Curve. Anyone know what this says? It says that at this point on the revenue curve, you will get exactly the same amount of revenue as at this point. This is very controversial. Does anyone know what Vice President Bush called this in 1980? Anyone? Something-d-o-o economics. “Voodoo” economics.

      • Denny Crane, Jr. on January 29, 2014 at 12:25 pm
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      @bueller………You make about as much sense as this “Goober”

    • rick rude on January 29, 2014 at 1:05 am
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    that much money for a crappy season….wow…i smell a scam artist…..

      • Ravishing on January 29, 2014 at 12:04 pm
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      I wouldn’t call Gantt a scam artist. BUT, I would call the school board, all 7 of them, a bunch of ….. (edited for content)

    • richard on January 28, 2014 at 10:37 pm
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    Coach Gantt may you win a state championship at your next district. May you have some players over 6 feet and 275 lbs on both sides of the line as well as few fast backs and a QB equal to those that come out of Austin Westlake and a few receivers that can catch.

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