Lee County school district and SGFOA reach contract deal, football games to start next week

The Florida High School Athletics Association has reinstated sanctions to South Gulf Football Officials Association for all schools after an agreement was reached, according to FHSAA spokesperson Kyle Niblett and the school district.

The SGFOA officials will now be allowed to officiate all high school football games in Lee County, which will start next week.

The School District of Lee County said in a statement:

“The District and the South Gulf Football Officials Association (SGFOA) came to an agreement today that includes the SGFOA honoring the terms of the contract it signed with our schools last May.

We look forward to putting this behind us and getting out onto the field for the sake of our athletes, coaches, band members, cheerleaders and fans.”

The dispute started when the SGFOA refused to work games under the agreed-upon contract back in May.

That led to the FHSAA revoking their sanction because in July they would not raise pay for officials.

John Mantica, the president of South Gulf Football Officials Association, said he thought a new deal was almost done Wednesday. But, Lee County would not budge from the May contract, which is $65 per game, plus travel expenses.

Now that a deal has been reached…. Play ball.

Reporter:Breana Ross
Writer:Derrick Shaw
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