Florida Senate: Stipend or Salary for Florida School Board Members?
Florida school board members may have thought themselves above the recent gubernatorial and legislative assault on educators, but a proposed state bill finds those who oversee the schools squirming on their dais.
Senator Stephen Wise (R-Jacksonville) thinks school board members are way overpaid. “Let me say this and I hope it’s printed,” Wise said. “We are number one in something in Florida—salaries of school board members.”
At this writing, "... the state of Florida pays the state’s 355 school board members $10.9 million a year, not including about $5,000 a year per retired school board member."
A bill in the Florida Senate proposes to eliminate board members’ salaries and benefits, replacing both with a stipend of $100 per meeting. Retirement benefits would be eliminated, reducing state spending on school board members to $900,000. Travel expenses would not be: board members could still be reimbursed for mileage or other approved travel.
With unemployment at 12.4 % in the county they serve, as of January 2011, Brevard County individual school board members earn $38,404 annually (and that's sans retirement).
After the last several years of practically begging these folks for a raise and getting nothing but shown the hand, all that can be said is...
...karma, it's a __________. (Complete the sentence as so deserved).
Listen to the podcast of the SPB 7234 presented before the 4/5/11 PreK-12 Committee here.
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