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School Board Retains Option to Receive Pay

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By Dave Freneaux

  The Central Community School Board voted 5-2 against a resolution not to allow School Board Members to receive compensation until Central teachers were paid as well as teachers in nearby school systems.  The resolution, brought by School Board Member Russell Starns and seconded by Member Marty Guilbeau, was supported by most of the citizens who spoke during public comment.  Several who spoke emphasized the message of support this action would send to Central's teachers.  Others pointed out that everything ever done to create the Central School System has been done by volunteers and that the School Board Members ran for these seats with the knowledge that these were not paying positions.  Two citizens spoke against the resolution, one maintaining that teachers choose to come to Central for benefits other than top pay.

     This resolution does not result in the School Board Members being paid.  Had it passed, higher pay for teachers would have to be in place before the School Board could be paid.  With the defeat of this resolution the School Board has the option of voting to receive pay regardless of the compensation level of Central's teachers.  Voting against the resolution were School Board Members Browning, Easley, Foil, Gardner and Walker.  In favor of the resolution were Guilbeau and Starns. 

4 Comments

  1. kyle

    November 11, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    This is a shame. 5 members of our school board would not commit to stating that they don’t want to be paid. With teacher salaries as low as they are in Central compared to surrounding districts, this is a slap in the face to the teachers of our system. Thank you Mr. Starns and Mr. Guilbeau for sticking up for the teachers! Shame on the other five.

  2. Mike Mannino

    November 11, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    At the very least, they should all commit to not being elgible to be paid during their term. It is not right to be in a position to vote yourself to be paid or to vote for a raise. Nearly had a revolt in this State when the legislature tried to give themselves a pay raise a couple of years ago. I would expect the same type of response from citizens if they vote to start paying themselves for a job they knew going in was not compensated.

  3. kyle

    November 11, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Mike: I agree 100%. I remember the flap when the legislature did this. If they do vote for pay, it should not go into effect until 4 years from now with the next election.

  4. ward

    November 16, 2010 at 10:12 am

    Wasn’t Ammendment 1 on this past election simular? The Central residents voted it down by 81%…shouldn’t this say something. I almost would be willing to bet my pay that this board will vote themselves pay shortly after the two newcomers are seated…..watch and see!

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