ACSB Had A Heated First Public Meeting Of 2019

ACSB Had A Heated First Public Meeting Of 2019 

Newly elected County Superintendent of Education Steve Russell had a heated first public meeting with the Amador County School Board, as the Board set the Superintendent’s salary at a level well below what he requested.  Russell, who defeated Amador County Unified School District Superintendent, Amy Slavensky for the County Education post last June, gave a presentation on his position and its duties, ending with a requested annual salary of $107,000, equal to the lowest level of pay for an Amador School Principal.   A School Board subcommittee, having reviewed what other Counties with only one school district and what Amador County had payed Dick Glock when he held only the County Superintendent position, recommended that Russell be paid $38,500 per year.  Russell said he felt insulted by the recommendation, saying that it was political relation, noting that both Board members Susan Ross and Kandi Thompson had backed Salvensky in the election.  Ross, as Board President, pushed ahead with a vote and the Board voted 4-1 to approve the $38,500 salary, which also includes medical and other benefits.  Board member Deborah Pulskamp was the vote opposed, after the rest of the Board did not take up her suggestion that the salary level be revisited in a year.

Written by KVGC Staff

 

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