Amid a painful discussion of looming budget cuts, school board members agreed today to not take a pay raise.
Staff had built into the budget proposal a 2 percent increase in salaries for board members. Board pay is tied into state pay raises for teachers, which staff is projecting to be 2 percent this coming fiscal year.
Board members said it wouldn't be right to take the extra money in light of all the cuts and potential layoffs.
"It’s more the gesture than the actual savings," said school board member Patti Head, fresh off her trip to South Africa.
The decision shaves $3,220 off the budget.
Board members currently receive $14,838 annually. The board chair gets $18,141.
Board members noted that they make much less than county commissioners.
Commissioners receive $18,405 a year. The board chair gets $21,585.
School board members pointed out that commissioners also gets benefits, which they don't receive.
As reported this week by Michael Biesecker, Commissioner Joe Bryan proposed that commissioners cut their pay by 10 percent until the recession is over.
Bryan's idea isn't getting much traction.
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