The superintendent of the Folsom Cordova Unified School District will receive a $24,269 salary boost starting Wednesday.
The increase for Deborah Bettencourt approved this month reflects a combination of two raises: one retroactive to July 1, 2014, plus a shift of $7,200 in existing annual car and technology allowances to her base pay. The changes increase her annual salary from $221,500 to $245,769, counting the conversion of allowances to pay.
District officials said the retroactive increase to base pay is 5 percent. An additional 2.5 percent takes effect Wednesday, the start of the new academic and fiscal year. The boosts are in line with raises also approved for the district’s more than 2,000 part-time and full-time employees. Combined, all of the district pay increases are costing the general fund $6.3 million over two years.
The raises were negotiated largely on behalf of three labor groups: the Folsom Cordova Education Association, which represents 932 credentialed employees; Chapter No. 528 of the California School Employees, which represents 999 workers, including maintenance, transportation and clerical employees; and the Folsom Cordova Leadership Association, which represents the 94 management workers.
District spokesman Daniel Thigpen said the decision to shift the $7,200 in car and technology allowances to base pay will have no immediate effect on Bettencourt’s pension benefits, since that allowance already was subject to California State Teachers’ Retirement System contributions and already counted toward her pension benefits.
Board members approved Bettencourt’s contract on June 18.
“I think Debbie has done an amazing job,” Board President Teresa Stanley said. “One of the reasons the board brought her in as superintendent is because we were having difficult financial times.”
Bettencourt, hired in 1997 as the district’s chief business officer, became superintendent in 2010.