Scott Scambray, superintendent of Merced Union High School District, said he has turned down "step and column" raises on the salary schedule that would have given him about a $5,500 raise. The leader of the district with campuses in Merced, Atwater and Livingston will continue to receive a $185,000 annual salary.
"I thought it was the most prudent thing to do (decline a raise) in this uncertain economy," Scambray said.
In executive, closed session Wednesday, board President Sam Spangler said trustees took no action on a proposal to change Associate Superintendent George Sziraki's title to deputy superintendent of educational services. The promotion would come with a $32,068 salary hike.
Spangler said the board needs more time to discuss the matter further. He said it will come back for action at the board's October meeting. The Sziraki promotion also had been listed on July and August board agendas, with no trustee action announced at those times.
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Earlier in the meeting, California School Employees Association president Gloria Coulombe, representing nonteaching employees, told trustees the timing of Sziraki's promotion is unsettling and not justifiable.
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