The Crossett School Board voted 3-1 Tuesday night to uphold interim superintendent Norman Hill’s recommendation that the athletic director’s salary be reduced to what was approved in the district’s salary schedule.

Suspended superintendent Dr. Bruce Bryant and the school board last year approved a salary increase for Brad Bradshaw, the district’s athletic director and former head coach of the high school’s football team, but did so without the required majority vote of the district’s certified staff, according to Hill.

Hill couldn’t recall the exact margin of the certified staff vote but said it was somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 to 20, against the salary increase. According to a state Legislative Audit report, Bradshaw was making $72,764 but the salary for that position, based on the district’s salary schedule, is about $10,000 less.

Hill said Bradshaw received the higher amount for the 2011-12 school year, but the state said if the salary wasn’t corrected and consistent with the salary schedule for the 2012-13 school year, the district would lose state funding.

Bradshaw, who believed he was entitled to the salary increase since it was board approved, appealed Hill’s recommendation that his salary be reduced.

At the Tuesday night hearing, board members Glenn McIntire, Eddie Goodson, and Keith Carter voted to uphold Hill’s recommendation while board member Jeff Langley cast the dissenting vote. Board member Robert Cornelious did not attend the hearing due to a family emergency.