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AIA surprises schools with $500K+ shortfall

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Posted: 07/02/2014 9:53 AM

AIA surprises schools with $500K+ shortfall 


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Posted: 07/02/2014 9:53 AM

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Whatever happened to the money from this?
http://www.maxpreps.com/news/t...r-agreement.htm
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Posted: 07/02/2014 10:08 AM

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At the end of this article, Chuck Schmidt uses this curious analogy:

"Our goal is to break even," Schmidt said. "It takes some time to turn the Titanic around."

Up to this point, I never thought of the AIA as analogous to the Titanic. I like it. My question is: who will go down with the ship? Slemmer? Schmidt? Who’s arranging the deck chairs while the orchestra plays away?

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Posted: 07/02/2014 10:11 AM

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I don't think he realizes how that story ends
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Posted: 07/02/2014 10:33 AM

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iowa49 wrote: At the end of this article, Chuck Schmidt uses this curious analogy:

"Our goal is to break even," Schmidt said. "It takes some time to turn the Titanic around."

Up to this point, I never thought of the AIA as analogous to the Titanic. I like it. My question is: who will go down with the ship? Slemmer? Schmidt? Who’s arranging the deck chairs while the orchestra plays away?

Any street cred Chuck Schmidt might have had flew out the window the second he quoted an Amy Grant song.  

Question for all interested-what does the AIA's alternative/replacement look like, and who (person or group) is willing to step-up and make that a reality?  First response of "AZFCA" and I'm going to vomit, which may not be as a big of a detractor as I'd like it to be.

"You've got to remember, that these are just simple farmers, these are people of the land, the common clay of the new west. You know . . . morons."

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Posted: 07/02/2014 1:32 PM

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Funny but you go to AIA365 and they have half of the laid off reports from the East Valley Trib and AZ Republic working for them plus they have K-Ray and some radio guys. Maxpreps runs tons of stuff for them so they don't have to. I have an idea--jack the price of playoff games up to $15 instead of just being $8. That should solve it.
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Posted: 07/02/2014 1:33 PM

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Why don't they release their budget and financial numbers and we could all help them sort this mess out? A quick peak at their books and we might be able to find some creative solutions (like cutting the administrative staff and budget maybe?)
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Posted: 07/02/2014 2:06 PM

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I would guess that our chances of looking at the books are about as good as the chances of a snowstorm hitting the Phoenix area on during the coming monsoon.
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Posted: 07/02/2014 5:32 PM

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I guess they just had to give themselves raises. That's really more important.
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Posted: 07/02/2014 5:38 PM

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Funny they would blame the rising cost of officials. They charged every single official for every single sporting event a $1 administration fee. That should have helped offset some of the costs.
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Posted: 07/02/2014 6:28 PM

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First, let me say I am NO FAN of the current AIA . they are secretive in their dealings and come off as a Bully with anyone who should dare to question their ability to Govern. Last years Football Seeding Debacle is a good case in point. It appears that AIA feels it is easer to Outsource their responsibilities and then point fingers at everyone else when things go wrong.

But what are the alternatives??  It does take Money to operate and I would bet that most of their increases came from Insurance Cost.(the true evil)

And I have to laugh at most of the comments come from supports of Div. 1 & 2 Schools. How much have you been spending on 7on7 Tournaments every weekend.  When smaller schools ( Div. 4 & 5) will be burden the most from the cost increases.

On another "Crappy Site" that I post on, I bring up time and time again that the AIA needs to have 2-3 at Large Members from the Community ( not just school Reps) so they may understand the FANS point of view. after all its the parents and community supporters that attend the games, spend there money and cheer on the KIDS

Okay enough rambling from me...  Next
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Posted: 07/02/2014 8:40 PM

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"We ask the boon of learning easily, the gift of Hermes."
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Posted: 07/02/2014 9:45 PM

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As a non-profit AIA has to file a Form 990. It's publicly available on the web and you can see the salaries paid to the top two administrators, a lot.

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I would guess that our chances of looking at the books are about as good as the chances of a snowstorm hitting the Phoenix area on during the coming monsoon.

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Last edited 07/02/2014 9:46 PM by azthreadkiller

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Posted: 07/03/2014 1:35 AM

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Thanks for the tip.
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Posted: 07/03/2014 8:52 AM

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azthreadkiller wrote:
As a non-profit AIA has to file a Form 990. It's publicly available on the web and you can see the salaries paid to the top two administrators, a lot.

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Go to guidestar.org--create an account (it's free) and you can look up the 990's of almost all non-profits including the AIA. They are not LAST years returns, but they have the 2012 return up for the AIA...and a couple more for the years preceding 2012.

All public record.
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Posted: 07/04/2014 10:58 AM

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I know the AIA eliminated a few jobs to help with the budget shortfall but was freezing salaries, furlough days, or freezing bonuses considered? When school districts are having budget problems that is what teachers/coaches are expected to do.
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Posted: 07/07/2014 12:46 PM

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ol96er wrote:
azthreadkiller wrote: As a non-profit AIA has to file a Form 990. It's publicly available on the web and you can see the salaries paid to the top two administrators, a lot.
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Go to guidestar.org--create an account (it's free) and you can look up the 990's of almost all non-profits including the AIA. They are not LAST years returns, but they have the 2012 return up for the AIA...and a couple more for the years preceding 2012.
All public record.

From Guidestar.org: http://www.guidestar.org/FinDo...-0954bfe7-9.pdf
Interesting that their revenue over the past 5 yrs >37.7 million
They were "in the hole" for fy 2012 181K. They couldn't predict a greater shortfall? Seems like they could've seen some of this coming.
On pg. 2, they had revenue for "Coach Education and member services" of 2.6 million for "Fundamentals of Coaching", concussion education, the Victory with Honor Program, "and more". Coaches: What "more" did y'all get for 2.6 million??
Salaries are on pg. 7.

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Posted: 07/07/2014 1:29 PM

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We paid for the "Fundamentals of Coaching" and concussion education at my school. Not sure who that was paid for, but not at Basha!
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Posted: 07/07/2014 2:03 PM

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We paid as well
astro2015 wrote: We paid for the "Fundamentals of Coaching" and concussion education at my school. Not sure who that was paid for, but not at Basha!
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Posted: 07/07/2014 3:41 PM

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Mine came right out of my pocket. Not sure how the AIA is claiming they paid for it.
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