School Board votes to give themselves pay raises

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DOWNEY — The Downey School Board of Education unanimously voted to give themselves a 3 percent pay raise Tuesday.

Board members had previously received $529 per month, as well as benefits consisting of a choice of a PPO or HMO healthcare plan and a percentage of vision and dental.

The percent increase totals to just over $15, and brings the Board’s monthly salary total to around $545.

According to Public Relations Coordinator Ashley Greeney, salary increases for Certificated Employees (Downey Education Association (DEA) – teachers union) and Classified Employees (California School Employees Association (CSEA) Units 248 and 746 – nonteachers unions) individually were voted on and approved after all three union negotiations were complete. That vote took place during the board’s October meeting.

Greeney added that Board of Education members are considered classified employees, and are generally given the opportunity to vote for the same salary increase as CSEA members (non-teaching employees/ classified employees).

There were no raises given in 2017-18.