Council to let voters decide who can coach high school sports

Tuesday, September 7, 2010 at 6:49pm

Metro voters won't get a say on whether there should be wine in grocery stores when they go to the polls in November.

Nor will they vote on whether the council should be able to approve salaries for top city officials, if voters can chime in on bond issues or if the council should have eminent domain approval.

Metro voters may, however, be voting on whether Metro employees should be able to coach high school football.

Of the handful of proposed amendments to the Metro Charter vetted by the council at a special meeting Tuesday, only one garnered the necessary two-thirds majority to be put on November's ballot.

The amendment will remove a long-standing provision of the charter — which was apparently added due to the once-difficult task of issuing a single employee two paychecks — prohibiting Metro employees from acting as substitute teachers or coaches in Metro schools. Similarly, no longer will teachers be barred from teaching in the Metro-run community education program.

A segment of the council tried to further amend the charter amendment to allow councilmembers to serve as subs.

"I think [councilmembers] have a lot to offer in the classroom. I think it's important. I think we try to do the best for the community. I think everyone of us would be comfortable with any of the rest of us being in the classroom," Councilmember Eric Crafton said.

Ultimately Crafton withdrew this proposal, after council attorney Jon Cooper said the council could be wading into murky legal waters because of a provision elsewhere in the charter prohibiting them from working for any sector of Metro government.
The original charter amendment was approved 34-1.

Other charter proposals — including one requiring the Metropolitan Development and Housing Authority to seek council approval before seizing land under eminent domain — failed to get the required two-thirds majority. Others — including approval of wine sales in grocery stores pending a change in state law — were withdrawn.

7 Comments on this post:

By: bfra on 9/8/10 at 3:40

The liquor lobby must have really spread the money to Karl & his council puppets. If Karl is so hep on bringing Nashville up to date (ha! ha!), why can't the public vote on wine in grocery stores?

As to salaries for top city officials, the council has already doubled their salaries, not too long ago, with no vote, other than their own.

Something is terribly wrong with this picture!

By: airvols on 9/8/10 at 9:12

One of the reasons Tennessee does not have as many division one prospects is because we cannot hire part time coaches or nonteaching coaches to coach football. All the states around us do not have that rule and kids are better coached. I wonder if this will allow that to occur within the system? I personally have no problem with allowing that within the system. There seveal ex-pros and college players, that would work locally with these kids. Just a thought!

By: girliegirl on 9/8/10 at 9:25

@bfra...it's not a "lobby" ...it's a cartel. (just sayin') Haven't you ever noticed that it is impossible to purchase NY wines here? I went to several locations and offered "expense" money up front to assist them...they said their "distributors" were unable to purchase "outside of their market".....whoa~

By: Loretta Bridge on 9/8/10 at 9:47

I don't think Council members are doing that great of a job running this city so I would just as soon not see them messing up my kids education. They can't even keep count of where their own Council members live.....didn't one of them live in Detriot?

By: yucchhii on 9/8/10 at 9:50

Ahhh huh! The council let voters decide about the new convention center "AFTER" they had "ALREADY" decided to build it. Even though VOTERS primarily said "NO!" YUH! OK! AH HUH! SURE! So the council is going to LET US decide who can coach high school sports? Lol, yeah, right sure ah huh! So what OTHER kinds of "BULL" (Yeah that's right, I said "BULL") are they going to feed us next?

By: xhexx on 9/8/10 at 1:26

Not much point in Davidson County voters getting to decide on wine in grocery stores until State law allows it.

By: pswindle on 9/8/10 at 2:43

What!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is this the type of business that the Council has to deal with? Do we really need a Council? This is lame.