It is always awkward for elected officials to discuss their compensation. I did not vote for any additional compensation for myself, but rather in favor of adjustments for the 2013-2017 Board of Trustees. The new compensation framework will be posted and available to future trustee candidates.
The compensation adjustment is aligned with that given to the exempt management staff. I believe in fair and competitive compensation, aligned with that being paid to other trustees of comparable size and responsibility, that is reflective of the duties and expectations of the community.
Most of the package was status quo and there were no major changes, merely slight adjustments reflective of changing practices.
The 7.69% figure and the 2.25% figure came from agreements that were achieved with the exempt management staff.
I voted in favor of the professional development allocations as I believe that it is crucial for our elected leaders to model lifelong learning. It is important for trustees to remain on the cutting edge of education issues provincially and nationally and working with other education leaders can help ensure those setting policy for the district are making the most informed decisions possible.
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I also voted in favor of the trustee policy review plan and timelines detailed here:
I also voted in favor of the Alberta School Boards Association Strategic Plan for 2013-2016. It would see the ASBA focusing on building partnerships, advocacy for school boards, and other worthwhile initiatives.
The Student Advisory Council Recommendation looks sound, and I look forward to it being enacted. I think this will really improve the efficacy of students and their future democratic participation. Research shows that engagement activities such as this are valuable for students and promote lifelong engagement.
January 9, 2013
Board approves remuneration for next term
Yesterday, the Edmonton Public Schools Board of Trustees approved a recommendation to increase Trustee remuneration effective October 22, 2013. The increase will not apply to the current Board of Trustees, as it comes into effect after the next school board election in October 2013.
Part of the increased cost will be offset by a decision to eliminate the position of Caucus Committee Chair. The duties previously carried out by this position will be assumed by the Board Vice-Chair.
“The Board wanted to provide the next group of Trustees with fair compensation that reflects the level of work and commitment required of this demanding position,” says Board Chair Sarah Hoffman “The increase in remuneration is based on the most recent settlements reached with most of the District’s staff groups.”
The Board did not approve a recommendation to retroactively apply cost of living increases to remuneration received by current Trustees.
“Trustees ran for office based on the level of remuneration in place when we were elected,” says Hoffman. “The Board recognized it would not be appropriate for us to approve an increase to our own remuneration.”
The full board report, which is posted on the district website, provides details on all of the remuneration increase recommendations.
The next board meeting will take place on January 15, 2013 at 2 p.m.
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