• District Increases Salary Expenditures By 9%, Will Restore Positions

    The San Marino School Board has voted to increase overall salary expenditures for the 2013-14 school year by more than 9%, from $19.9 million during the 2012-13 fiscal year to $21.8 million for all certificated and classified staff, according to budget figures from the SMUSD.

    Superintendent Loren Kleinrock told The Tribune that while current staff were recently voted a pay increase by the school board, a significant piece of the financial pie will be spent in restoring several positions throughout the district that were temporarily cut during the State of California’s financial meltdown.

    “Most of what we are doing is restoration of staff members that were cut several years ago,” said Kleinrock.

    The SMUSD will be hiring an assistant principal at Huntington Middle School, an at-risk counselor at San Marino High School and a full teaching post at SMHS to restore a staff member who split time between the math and science departments.

    Kleinrock also added that the district plans to hire a half-time psychology position at Carver and Valentine Elementary Schools as well as part-time instructional aids at the elementary schools.  The board also opted to rehire a custodian and building trades technician for the maintenance and operations department.

    “We are not really getting ahead of the game, we are just catching up,” said Kleinrock. “One of the reasons we are in good shape is that when the floor started to crumble, we laid off staff right away. Other districts used some one-time State dollars and some one-time Federal dollars and got themselves into trouble. Some other districts are still looking at furlough days. We are very healthy.”

    Kleinrock and his assistants also received pay raises. For the second year of his contract, Kleinrock will make $202,024, up from $192,000.

    Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Julie Boucher and Human Resources Director Linda de la Torre will see their pay increase from $162,998 in 2012-13 to $173,892 during the upcoming fiscal year.

    Dr. Gary McGuigan, the district’s Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, will see an almost 10% bump from $151,708 last year to $166, 404 under his new contract.

    McGuigan advanced in ‘step,’ an experience level used to calculate compensation in the educational world.

    “The difference in salary cost of $1.9 million is due to salary adjustments for certificated, classified and management and administrative staff  as well as budgeting for the restoration of teaching and instructional support positions for the 2013-14 year,” Boucher said. “The positions will provide the necessary support for students learning English, continued expansion of math and science and AP and honors sections, psychological and nursing support, restoration of the two maintenance positions and the middle school assistant principal.”

    San Marino residents recently renewed Measure R, which raises $330 per year per parcel, generating $1.65 million annually.

    An emergency parcel tax, Measure E, was passed by voters in May, 2009 and raises $3.75 million per year on $863 per year per parcel. If the school board decides to ask voters to renew Measure E, it will be placed on the ballot in 2015 when its six-year term expires.

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