Village News Reporter
Bonsall High School had enough girls volleyball players for both a varsity team and a junior varsity squad for the 2023 season. Jessica Kaller coached both the varsity and the junior varsity, and the situation caused the Bonsall Unified School District to consider an agreement with the Bonsall Teachers Association to pay a stipend to Bonsall High School junior varsity coaches. The agreement was ratified at the Wednesday, Nov. 15, BUSD board meeting.
The board’s 4-0 vote, with Pascal Lapoirie absent, approved the memorandum of understanding for the creation of a junior varsity coach stipend. A junior varsity coach will be paid $3,100, and the MOU expires at the end of the 2023-2024 collective bargaining agreement negotiations session so the amount may be modified for the 2024-2025 seasons.
“This is just wonderful news,” BUSD superintendent Joseph Clevenger said.
“It’s nice to have it approved and ready to go for when we grow our program,” Bonsall High School athletic director Andrea Breuninger said.
Bonsall High School opened in 2014 and joined the CIF San Diego Section in 2015.
“We had to start with varsity teams,” said Clevenger, who was the principal at Sullivan Middle School from 2015 to 2018 before becoming the Rancho Buena Vista High School principal and returned to the Bonsall district as the superintendent in 2022.
Breuninger became Bonsall’s athletic director in 2021.
“Andrea’s done an outstanding job,” Clevenger said. “We’ve more than doubled the students who are participating.”
The increased participation has led to additional sports offerings for Bonsall High School students – the Legionnaires added baseball and softball in 2022, added boys volleyball in 2023, and reinstated girls basketball for the 2023-2024 season after a four-year absence. The increased participation also creates a large enough program that the Legionnaires may be able to field a sport at more than one level.
“It’s turning in a very good direction,” Clevenger said.
“We’ve seen more athletes come out for sports this year than we’ve ever had,” Breuninger said. “We had enough girls for a JV volleyball team for the first time ever.”
The school didn’t didn’t have a mechanism in place to compensate a second coach, so Kaller took both teams.
“She coached the JV and the varsity,” Breuninger said.
The district expects up to three junior varsity coaches for the 2023‑2024 seasons.
“It’s a big deal for the students,” Clevenger said. “I look forward to continuing this trend and adding freshman teams.”
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