CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WTVD) -- An alarming consideration was revealed on the first day of the 2022 NCHSAA Winter Meetings.
Long-time official Steve Schwartz gave an impassioned presentation to board members, noting that over 800 officials in the state are considering walking off the job beginning on January 1st.
Schwartz noted that referees in North Carolina get paid significantly less than some of their colleagues in neighboring states. He also said they feel less supported by school administration, leading to poor sportsmanship from fans, coaches and players.
The NCHSAA Board of Directors did recognize a recommendation to increase officials pay. A vote Thursday determined that a 10 percent pay increase will go into effect on January 1st, 2023.