The fall sports of the Louisiana High School Athletic Association took a big step toward getting back on track after a long standing dispute with the officials over several issues including pay increases.
The LHSAA and the Louisiana High School Official’s Association came to a non-binding agreement late Sunday after more than four hours of face-to-face meetings in Baton Rouge. The meeting included Executive Committee members Rickyof Ruston High School among others. LHSOA President Paul was among those representing the officials.
The agreement is not in writing and both parties said some details still must be worked out before a final resolution would be discussed.
LHSAA Executive Director Eddieand others declined to give specifics of the agreement as some things still must be ironed out, but the smiles coming out of the meeting gave signal that things went well between the two sides.
“Everyone there agreed there will be no public statement about the meeting at this time,” LHSAA Executive Committee Past President Toddsaid. “I believe in the next couple of days we will know where we stand.”
Monroe officials president Ron Turner said that the agreement was welcome news to begin the week.
“Obviously we are happy that an agreement has been made and hopefully it will be something that will follow through,” Turner said.
Turner said he never felt like, in the end, the football season or other sports would be in jeopardy.
“In my opinion, it would never come down to not playing (these sports),” Turner said. “It is not mandatory but it enhances life when we have these sporting events. I don’t want to comment on the money side of it, but we have had some issues with the way things have been done in the past.”
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