The Central Unified School District approved pay raises Tuesday for 5 administrators, despite parents and teachers complaints that they can’t afford basic classroom supplies.
“I'm sad more than anything because this is our district...I've been [a parent] with the district for 22 years,” said Julia Shields.
“I’m disappointed, this is not the time to give raises,” said Parent and Longtime Teacher Laura Bolton.
After a 4-3 vote, Superintendent Michael Berg announced he will raise his own salary from $160,000 to $194,000 over the course of 4 years. That's a $34,000 raise.
The 4 assistant superintendents will go from $125,000 to $146,375. An increase of $21,375 each.
Superintendent Berg told CBS 47 he’s not cutting any jobs or cutting into anyone’s budgets.
When the board recessed for closed session, Rebecca Nelson banded together with fellow teachers and parents, many of them graduates of Central Unified who came back to be a part of the community.
“We haven't asked for a raise, we just want supplies we need; to do this, when most teachers are gone...we don't check our email on our scheduled time off... it's just not fair,” Nelson said.
School is out for the summer. Teachers said they got word of the Superintendent's pay increase proposal Monday.