The Sylvan Union School District board will meet tonight to consider adopting a budget and a hefty cut in compensation -- their own.
Sylvan board members said at their last meeting that they would match the largest salary cut of any employee group, Superintendent John Halverson said.
The largest salary cut, in the end, was his. Halverson's contract, to be renewed for two more years at the meeting, would trim his annual $184,022 salary by 9 percent, or $16,579.
Board members make about $290 a month, Halverson said, which would make a 9 percent cut worth $26 and change per month, or $313.20 for the year.
Sylvan teachers took a 3.85 percent cut, all in furlough days; classified employees took a roughly 4.6 percent cut in furlough days and a freeze in step and column raises; and managers took a 2.5 percent cut, Halverson said.
The employee pay cuts and attrition, plus layoffs of 26 teachers and roughly 18 classified employees, saved the district $3.5 million, Halverson said. The district found $1.5 million more in nonlabor cuts, he said.
The budget to be adopted tonight spends $55.5 million, including $2.35 million from reserves. The total is $3.3 million less than last year.
The board will meet today at 7 p.m. at the Sylvan Union School District office boardroom, 605 Sylvan Ave., Modesto.
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