Santa Rosa City Schools has made extraordinary measures to create equity for our students, but not so with income inequality for our staff. They are considering giving the superintendent a 17.5% increase over two years while teachers and site administrators will receive 7%. This is income inequality, and it is disgraceful. If 7% over two years is good enough for teachers and site administrators, then it should be good enough for the boss.
In 2018-19, SRCS teacher salaries were 8.6% BELOW the state average (and healthcare was 61.5% below the state average!) The superintendent’s salary was AT the state average of $200k.
If this salary increase is ratified, in 2020-21 SRCS teacher salaries are projected to improve to 5.9% BELOW the state average (but not healthcare); the superintendent salary is projected to be 12.9% ABOVE the state average. This, while dozens of our classified staff make less than $15 an hour, and Santa Rosa ranks among the five least affordable cities for teachers to live in the US (link).
A budget is a values statement. Board members and district officials who support this inequitable salary increase should be ready to field tough questions about why they value the superintendent 2.5 times more than teachers and site administrators in future salary negotiations and School Board elections. What will they say if SRTA or CSEA asks for a 17.5% raise over two years, or asks for an immediate jump to 12.9% over the state average? SRTA and our community will be asking and watching.
Source: Sacramento Bee Search average teacher, superintendent pay for California school districts
SRTA encourages our members to speak out. Please email the school board and come to the school board meeting to express your concerns about this disproportionately large raise for the boss. All employees should be brought up to the state average as soon as possible and in a fair, honest, and equitable way raising all boats together.
Please email the board and tell them what you think of the proposal.
School Board -- Santa Rosa City Schools
President Jen Klose:
Vice President Laurie Fong:
Clerk Stephanie Manieri:
Texts welcome per June 12th board meeting
Alegría De La Cruz:
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