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Raising pay issue — again By Tim Petruk STAFF REPORTER

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Kamloops-Thompson school district trustees aren’t getting a raise — not yet, anyway. At the board of education’s regular meeting of July 9, trustees voted to table a motion proposing 8.6 per cent pay hikes for trustees. But, the issue — which also proposed raises of 7.7 per cent for vice-chair and 7.6 per cent for chair — is not over yet. Board chairwoman Denise Harper said she plans to add the motion to the agenda of a trustee workshop later this summer, but not because she’s looking for a raise.

Harper is worried stagnant salaries could create problems for the school district in the future — if other districts keep increasing their trustee remuneration. And, she’s not alone. Trustee Gerald Watson also expressed his concern with leaving trustee compensation as is. The Kamloops-Thompson school district has a policy on the books requiring an annual review — at the end of each school year — of pay rates for trustees in 10 comparable districts. From those numbers, the policy dictates, trustees should find the middle ground and adjust salaries as necessary.

Last year, because of ongoing education-sector labour issues and a lagging economy, the district broke from policy and chose not to increase salaries. This year, Watson said, it appears the same thing is going to happen again. “I’m comfortable with the pay rate I have right now,” he told KTW. “But, I’m uncomfortable just leaving it. “From a policy perspective, I don’t think it’s a great idea.” Watson said future boards could be left in the lurch. “The policy was set up in order to keep us out of the position of being out of step with the other school districts,” he said.

Local trustees sit mid-pack in remuneration By Tim Petruk STAFF REPORTER

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As it stands, Kamloops-Thompson school district trustees are in the middle of the pack among comparable B.C. boards when it comes to pay — fifth out of the 10 districts with enrolment numbers between 10,000 and 20,000. The Abbotsford school district tops the list, current as of July 1, 2012, paying its trustees $21,000 — still more than the proposed $20,027 proposed for KamloopsThompson trustees. (Abbotsford’s board chair is paid $26,000, while its vice-chair receives $23,500.) Even if the school district adopts the trustee pay hikes, the board would only move up one spot in the rankings of compa-

rable districts — from fifth to fourth. The Delta school district is second on the list, paying its trustees $20,933 per year, followed by Langley ($20,110) and North Vancouver ($19,776). KamloopsThompson comes in fifth at $18,445. The bottom five are Maple Ridge ($18,207), Chilliwack ($18,000), Greater Victoria ($17,424), Nanaimo-Ladysmith ($15,382) and Prince George ($14,000). The KamloopsThompson school district is sixth among the 10 comparable districts in full-time equivalent student enrollment, at 14,631. On a per-student basis, SD73 is tied for fourth of the 10 districts when it comes to trustee pay, with each

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TRUSTEE PAY IN SCHOOL DISTRICTS WITH 10,00020,000 ENROLMENT • Abbotsford: $21,000 • Delta: $20,933 • Langley: $20,110 • North Vancouver: $19,776 • Kamloops: $18,445 • Maple Ridge: $18,207 • Chilliwack: $18,000 • Greater Victoria: $17,424 • Nanaimo-Ladysmith: $15,382 • Prince George: • $14,000

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