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Despite Opposition, Garvey Superintendent Receives Raise, Extension

  • By Shel Segal
ROSEMEAD - Despite a strong opposition from teachers and parents, the Garvey School District Board of Education voted 3-2 at its Thursday meeting to give Superintendent Sandra Johnson a salary increase and contract extension.
The move by the board prompted teachers to threaten going on strike and parents recalling the three school board members who voted for the raise and extension: Tony Ramos, Janet Chin and John Yuen.
Board members Bob Bruesch and Henry Lo voted against it.
The move comes while teachers haven't had a raise in five years due to the state's poor fiscal climate. In fact, 34 teachers and seven classified employees received pink slips last May as the district's budget was reduced by $2.1 million.
The superintendent's contract was extended from June 2013 to September 2014. Her annual salary got bumped up from $148,516 to $170,000.
That's in addition to an annual $5,100 doctoral stipend each management employee receives and a $475 monthly mileage stipend that comes out to another $5,700 annually.
Johnson received the raise as she lost thousands of dollars a year when Gov. Jerry Brown recently signed the state's new pension reform into law, according to published reports.
For the record, how does Johnson compare to other local superintendents as far as salary goes? In the Alhambra Unified School District, new superintendent Laura Tellez-Gagliano has an annual salary of $203,500.
(Shel Segal can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .)

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