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February 25, 2013

Raises stir up negative feelings

Pay hikes allow members of school board to count service toward pensions

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School board member David McGeney says he hasn’t heard “one thing” critical about the pay raises.

“I appreciate the raise,” he said.

Those who disapprove, he said, have frequent elections in which to make their opinions felt. But he said voters are usually well-informed regarding the efforts put forth by elected officials.

“School Committee is a great deal more than just showing up for meetings,” he said.

He estimated that the workload in the slow summer months might be 10 hours a week, but by budget season — late winter and early spring — members can find themselves immersed in school business up to 20 hours a week.

As for the length of those budget meetings, he said, “The record is 4 o’clock in the morning. And I had to get up and go to work the next day.”

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