ADMINISTRATION PAY INCREASE SEPTEMBER 2005
Board members Mistler, Price, Loomis, Blayda, Foote and VanSkiver voted to spend the maximum that the law allows That caused a 29.9% tax increse. Then the same people voted at the Sept. 13, 2005 meeting to give the administration members again a pay increase even that the principals got a 10% increase last year. It is of course unethical to ladle out taxpayer money when everyone is suffering from the incredible tax increase. The law recognizes that it is wrong for the administrators to stuff their pockets when the students are suffering under a contingency budget. The legal aspects are described below.
The pay hike therefore raises two questions:
1) Is it legal to increase management pay when the kids are suffering under a contingency budget?
2) The principals received a 10% pay increase last year. Do they deserve again more to keep up with the inflation?
1) WAS THE PAY INCREASE LEGAL?
New York School Board Association has legal council to direct school boards on the law. Their lawyer John A Miller wrote in the June 17, 2005 Legal Agenda a long article on what the law allows the school board to do if they operate under a contingency budget. Under the headline Scratch these items he mentioned amongst other things: Some expenditures that cannot legally be funded by a school district during a contingency budget, absent separate voter approval. Examples include:
..Salary increases for nonistructional, non-unionized employees (e.g. management/confidential employees), unless it is impossible to assure qualified personnel for minimum services.
2) DID THE MANAGEMENT DESERVE THE NEW PAY INCREASES ON TOP OF PAST PAY INCREASES?
ADMINISTRATION PAY INCREASES 2003-2005
When past pay increases are many times the inflation rate one would think that there would be more than one person on the school board who would establish reform and accountability.
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