Suspended Jenks head football coach being paid more than $94,000 to work at elementary school
Suspended football coach Allan Trimble was reassigned to Jenks East Elementary School, the Tulsa World reported Saturday.
Trimble's duties include helping students who might have discipline issues, coordinating and supervising a daily morning outdoor run for students and coordinating and supervising a planning committee for the school's new playground equipment, according to the newspaper.
Trimble also is starting a mentoring program to help students who need academic support, the newspaper reported.
Two weeks ago, the school district refused to say where Trimble had been reassigned or what he was doing to earn his salary. At the time, district spokeswoman Tara Thompson told the Tulsa World that no documentation was created that explained Trimble’s new assignment or duties. Thompson would say only that he was "assisting with administrative duties and special projects at a Jenks Public Schools site." (Read FOI Oklahoma Blog related posting.)
The newspaper on Saturday didn't explain why the school district had decided to reveal Trimble's new job and duties.
Trimble was suspended Oct. 2 following an investigation that exposed multiple recruiting violations.
The Tulsa World's reporting Saturday focused on football booster club payments to Trimble that violated district policy. Reimbursements to Trimble for in-state travel violated district policy because he already receives a $2,400 car allowance as part of his contract with the district.
The Tulsa World discovered the payments when it reviewed booster club financial records released by the district to the newspaper.
Joey Senat, Ph.D.
OSU School of Journalism