UPDATE: The salaries are posted in the comments below.
Last month, 31 workers were laid off days after Yuba Community College District’s Board of Trustees voted to give Chancellor Nicki Harrington a nearly $30,000 raise, causing an uproar.
In addition, the board may have violated the Brown Act in approving the salary hike — a double insult to John Q. Public.
Are our Sierra College administrators overpaid, I wondered? What are their salaries and benefits? When did they receive their last pay raises? It’s all more relevant than ever, as cost cutting is being openly discussed this week.
I began to dig around for the salary information at Sierra College — but it’s not readily available.
“It is my opinion that the specific amount any public employee makes should be a matter of public record, but at this stage, it’s not on the web in a single and convenient place,” Trustee Aaron Klein wrote in a reader comment on this blog when I asked about it.
“This is testing my memory, but I asked five years ago why we didn’t post this on the web, and there are some California privacy laws that our legal counsel believed were in conflict with my suggestion.”
Educator Tony Waters responded in a comment here: “I think that the Chico Enterprise-Record bugged the local school boards and Butte College enough until they came up with the data.”
“Ultimately, public agency salaries are public information. But that does not mean that the different agencies do not drag their feet a little when it comes to supplying the data.”
The Association of California College Administrators has an annual salary survey. It’s free for members but costs $100 for the rest of us, I discovered.
Aaron, could you please pass along my request for the administrator salary information to your college? I’d like to know:
•How much Sierra College President Leo Chavez is earning and when he received his last raise.
•How much the Sierra College dean of the Nevada County campus is earning and how that compared with her predecessor, as well as the deans of the other campuses.
•How this compared in a “peer” survey of other community colleges.
•A copy of the Association of California College Administrators annual salary survey.
We live in Nevada City, and Aaron is the representative for our district.
This is a question that taxpayers throughout the state should be asking as community colleges feel the pinch of cost cutting.
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