Sau­gus plans to in­crease salaries across the board

The Signal - - NEWS - By Bren­non Dix­son Sig­nal Staff Writer

Sau­gus Union’s Gov­ern­ing Board ex­pects to ap­prove a 2-per­cent raise for staff, fac­ulty and board mem­bers Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to the agenda for its lat­est meet­ing.

The raise, which is one of four on Sau­gus’ agenda this week, would in­crease mem­bers’ per meet­ing stipend from $261 to $266. The agenda states the raise is al­lowed in ac­cor­dance with Ed­u­ca­tion Code Sec­tion 35120, which de­ter­mines how much each mem­ber on the gov­ern­ing board is el­i­gi­ble for based on a school’s av­er­age daily at­ten­dance for the prior school years. “Sau­gus is re­ferred to as a Me Too dis­trict,” board Pres­i­dent Christopher Trunkey said, “so if one group gets a par­tic­u­lar in­crease, then oth­ers in the dis­trict do, too.”

The code states, “in any school dis­trict in which the av­er­age daily at­ten­dance for the prior school years was 10,000 or less but more than 1,000, each mem­ber of the city board of ed­u­ca­tion or the gov­ern­ing board of the dis­trict who ac­tu­ally at­tends all meet­ings held may re­ceive as com­pen­sa­tion for his or her ser­vices a sum not to ex­ceed $240 in any month.”

The board, in ac­cor­dance to Ed­u­ca­tion Code, is also al­lowed to “in­crease the com­pen­sa­tion of in­di­vid­ual board mem­bers,” though the amount may not ex­ceed 5 per­cent of the present monthly rate of com­pen­sa­tion.

Fol­low­ing a ten­ta­tive agree­ment with staff and fac­ulty that calls for a 2 per­cent raise along with in­creased ben­e­fits, mem­bers of the board are al­lowed to see the same in­crease as long as they deem it fit.

The es­ti­mated cost to the Sau­gus dis­trict would be $313 for the up­com­ing school year, ac­cord­ing to the agenda.

Board mem­bers in Santa Clarita Val­ley ele­men­tary districts, ac­cord­ing to Sul­phur Springs and Cas­taic of­fi­cials, make any­where be­tween $240 and $250 per month, while the Wil­liam S. Hart Union High School Dis­trict, along with sim­i­larly large high school districts in Cal­i­for­nia, pay $463.05 a month to ev­ery board mem­ber, ac­cord­ing to Hart of­fi­cials.

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