Trustees Vote in Favour of Pay Hike
Prince George, B.C. – Prince George School Board trutees have voted in favour of giving themselves “a modest” pay increase.
Remuneration is reviewed on an annual basis by the Management and Finance Committee.
The seven trustees received their last pay hike in December 2014 – shortly after the last local elections were held in November 2014.
Their annual pay since that date is as follows:
- Chairperson – $18,000
- Vice-chairperson – $16,500
- Trustees – $15,000
Tonight trustees voted in support of increasing that pay by $270 a year for each position effective July 1, 2017.
( Which works out to a 1.5 per cent increase for the chair, 1.6 per cent for vice-chair and 1.8 per cent for trustees).
Management and Finance chair Sharel Warrington called it “a very modest increase” in light of all the work they put into the job – and in line with the amount of money trustees make in other parts of the province.
In supporting the motion Board chair Tim Bennett added trustees work on average anywhere from 20 to 30 hours a week and the increase still leaves them far behind what the average city councillor in Prince George makes.
Trustee Brenda Hooker was the lone dissenter. She expressed concern that the increase would go into effect prior to pay increases for the District’s exempt staff.
She added she was uncomfortable with the hike considering the District still doesn’t know what the financial implications will be of the BCTF’S Supreme Court of Canada victory over the provincial government last November.