Elk Grove school district tables planned administration reorganization

Published: Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2013 - 9:21 pm

A planned reorganization of Elk Grove Unified School District's administration that would have raised salaries of top employees was postponed Wednesday night after most of the school board and audience spoke out against it.

The raises were to be part of a reorganization that would have increased the annual salaries of eight administrators from a range of $3,000 to $21,000.

The raises would have come with new job titles and added responsibility, according to Superintendent Steven Ladd.

Some board members complained that there wasn't enough public comment sought on the reorganization and that lower paid employees weren't also receiving raises.

Many thought the planned raises were unseemly.

"Double-digit salary increases using public dollars in a still-recovering economy offends my sensibilities," said board member Bobbie Singh-Allen.

"How can we award such increases when we still have warehouse workers who are at seven hours per day and are still waiting for the eighth hour to be restored to their workday?

School employees wearing "Prop. 30" buttons complained that funds approved by state voters last November were meant to go to classrooms.

Jennifer Ballerini, president of Local 258 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said union members spent hours working phone banks to persuade people to vote for Proposition 30.

"When people asked me, 'Would this go to top administrators?' I said, 'No.' Don't make me a liar."

Teachers union President Maggie Ellis asked that administration raises be postponed until the district had negotiated new contracts with its teachers and other staff.

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