MONTGOMERY — The Alabama High School Athletic Association Central Board of Control approved and the Legislative Council ratified a change in the AHSAA amateur rule as well as two other proposals April 10 at its spring meeting at the AHSAA office.

The Central Board also approved payment of the 2017-18 revenue share stipend, between $1.4 and $1.8 million, to member schools in June.

“This is good news for our member schools,” AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese said. “That will bring the total payout to our member schools to approximately $14 million through the revenue share distribution plan since its inception.”

The Central Board also approved an increase in pay for contest officials in all sports. A complete breakdown of the new pay scale can be found at the officials’ link at www.ahsaa.com.

Among the proposals approved by the Central Board and ratified by the AHSAA Legislative Council was proposal 28 submitted by a number of member schools, including Opelika, Piedmont, Spanish Fort, Decatur, Helena, Saint James, Hamilton and Hartselle high schools, outlining a change in the current amateur rule. The vote was 27-5. While the amateur rule’s restrictions remain the same, the change gives more flexibility to the Central Board in considering the consequences resulting from a violation.

Savarese also announced the upcoming retirement of AHSAA office manager Sandy Logan, who will be completing her 42nd year with the AHSAA on June 13. She plans to retire on June 30.

Savarese also announced that AHSAA Director of Officials Mark Jones, who submitted his plans to retire in June, will be remaining in that position after all.

Jones cited some unfinished business concerning officiating that convinced him to remain in the position.

Savarese praised the long tenure of Logan and also told the board he was elated at Jones’ decision.

“He has done an outstanding job in that position, and we are glad he has elected to stay.”

The Central Board also approved a request by Savarese to establish a new position that will serve as an assistant to the director of officials.

John Hardin, the retiring principal of Hackleburg High School, has served the last two years as president of the Central Board.

Current vice president Keith Bender, the athletic director for Oneonta City Schools, was elected at the April 10 meeting to become the new president, with the term beginning in July.

Mike Welsh, principal of Spring Garden High School, was also elected as vice president. Welsh is a former Snead State basketball player for John Kitchens and Gid Riddle.

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