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Ramona Unified School District Superintendent Receives Raise [Blog]

School district superintendent to receive $4,000 raise when everyone else is being cut.

I don't know if the parents and public know of the financial problems of the Ramona Unified School District. Here's the main problem: the board voted to build two new schools when they had no money to do so.

Now it is time to pay and there is no money. The board is saying there is no other option but to cut the salary of the staff (valued janitors, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, secretaries, etc.) and the pay of the teachers—which will be the highest cut of any San Diego County school.

They (the board) will not look into any other way of financing their mistake. That is why the teachers will not budge. The teachers have offered a pay cut, of course, everyone must tighten their belts, but the board refuses to negotiate.

Refuses.  

Now here's the best part...at the last board meeting, the board elected to reinstate Dr. Graeff, superintendent, and TO GIVE HIM A RAISE.

Where does the money come from for a raise when every one else is getting a cut? Now he will make over $200,000 a year. This does not seem to make sense in this time of financial crisis.  

Does it make sense to you?

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sandra j February 03, 2013 at 09:33 AM
here's where the 96% figure comes from. go to page 22 of the document jane linked below: http://www.ramonausd.net/cms/lib07/CA01000789/Centricity/Domain/17/121201-01C_SACS.pdf it's one of several page 1's, titled "Summary - Unrestricted/Restricted Revenues, Expenditures, and Changes in Fund Balance". item A5 is the total revenues, and the sum of items B1, B2, and B3 is the cost of all salaries and benefits (teachers, administration, and staff). the original budget, column A, had costs totaling $40,704,179 vs revenue of 42,219,398, which represented 96.4%. column D, projected year totals, improves this to about 90%. now that i have the complete report, i'll try to break out the staff, teachers and admin individually...assuming it's in there in a way that can be separated. the 55% figure may be close, but i don't know if it includes benefit costs. also, "percent of budget" is misleading when the budget isn't balanced. "percent of revenue" is more realistic.
sandra j February 03, 2013 at 11:13 PM
great article from VOSD. recommended reading for anyone who made it to the bottom of this blog: http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/education/article_a9dfb440-6cbd-11e2-a951-001a4bcf887a.html important take-away: 85% of income is a good target for salary and benefit expenses.
Debbie Duncan Anderson April 21, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Well said!
Douglas Andrew Hanlon February 27, 2014 at 10:26 AM
200k f to over see a district the size of Ramona unified is highway robbery...that job could be fill ten times over and there could be great people still doing it for half the salary
greg Chick February 27, 2014 at 01:49 PM
Dr. Graeff is not the only one making disproportionate to the area compensation. The dire straights of the District is, as well a factor of proportion judgment. This judgment I refer to is public perception and a significant factor in any bond proposal. It seems to be a PR or image problem that has been created by the RUSD Boards from past, and apparently the present.

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