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San Juan Unified considers 4.5 percent salary raise for administrators

Superintendent Kent Kern would get a 4.5 percent raise from the San Juan Unified School District under a deal being considered by the school board.
Superintendent Kent Kern would get a 4.5 percent raise from the San Juan Unified School District under a deal being considered by the school board. San Juan Unified School District

The San Juan Unified School District is considering a 4.5 percent raise for Superintendent Kent Kern and 11 of his cabinet members at a cost of $89,000 this academic year.

Board members will discuss the salary hikes Tuesday ahead of a scheduled Feb. 10 vote.

Kern, who served as interim district superintendent for nearly four months until the board appointed him to the post last March, would see his base salary jump about $10,000 this academic year to $235,125.

Kern also would continue to receive additional longevity pay of $14,100, which would bring his total salary close to $250,000 if trustees approve the raises.

Trustees will also consider 4.5 percent raises for 11 cabinet members. If the increases are granted, those employees will earn annual salaries between $146,200 and $187,550, effective this year. The highest amounts would be paid to chief business officer Kent Stephens and associate superintendent for schools and student support Donna O’Neil.

The percentage increase is identical to one authorized last fall for all but about 150 of the district’s nearly 5,000 employees.

Employees, with the exception of Teamsters Local 150, received the initial 3 percent of the increase retroactive to July 1, 2014. The final 1.5 percent takes effect on Sunday.

The Teamsters group, which represents transportation workers, has yet to reach a contract agreement.

Call The Bee’s Loretta Kalb, (916) 321-1073. Follow her on Twitter @LorettaSacBee.

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