Kamloops school trustees sit mid-pack in remuneration

Kamloops-Thompson school district trustees are in the middle of the pack among comparable B.C. boards when it comes to pay

As it stands, Kamloops-Thompson school district trustees are in the middle of the pack among comparable B.C. boards when it comes to pay – fifth out of the 10 districts with enrolment numbers between 10,000 and 20,000.

The Abbotsford school district tops the list, current as of July 1, 2012, paying its trustees $21,000 – still more than the proposed $20,027 proposed for Kamloops-Thompson trustees.

(Abbotsford’s board chair is paid $26,000, while its vice-chair receives $23,500.)

Even if the school district adopts the trustee pay hikes, the board would only move up one spot in the rankings of comparable districts – from fifth to fourth.

The Delta school district is second on the list, paying its trustees $20,933 per year, followed by Langley ($20,110) and North Vancouver ($19,776).

Kamloops-Thompson comes in fifth at $18,445.

The bottom five are Maple Ridge ($18,207), Chilliwack ($18,000), Greater Victoria ($17,424), Nanaimo-Ladysmith ($15,382) and Prince George ($14,000).

The Kamloops-Thompson school district is sixth among the 10 comparable districts in full-time equivalent student enrollment, at 14,631.

On a per-student basis, SD73 is tied for fourth of the 10 districts when it comes to trustee pay, with each trustee earning $1.26 per student each year.

North Vancouver trustees earn the same annual amount per student.

Chilliwack’s board members make the most per student per year, at $1.37. That district’s FTE enrolment, 13,150, is also the smallest of the 10 comparables.

Greater Victoria trustees make the least per student per year, at $0.91 – the only district of the 10 with a per-student figure under $1.

Prince George is the next closest, at $1.02.

If adopted, the trustee pay hike would cost the school district an additional $14,103 per year – money that has already been worked into the 2012-2013 operating budget.

– Tim Petruk – Kamloops This Week