, Salem, MA

Local News

February 25, 2013

Raises stir up negative feelings

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


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.”

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News

AP Video
Johnson: Six Arrests, No Tear Gas in Ferguson Raw: Rescue, Relief Efforts at Japan Landslide Cadavers, a Teen, and a Medical School Dream Raw: Woman Escorted From Ferguson Protests California Drought Stings Honeybees, Beekeepers Officer Who Pointed Gun at Protesters Suspended Holder Hopes to Bring Calm to Ferguson Today in History August 21 Holder Pledges Top Investigators for Ferguson US Mission to Rescue Hostages in Syria Failed Manfred, Torre and MLB Take Ice Bucket Challenge Bank of America Reaches Record $17B Settlement Holder Reassures Ferguson Community With Visit GlobalPost CEO Remembers Foley As a Brave Man Seth Meyers Rolls Out Emmy Red Carpet Obama: World Is Appalled by Murder of Journalist Israel, Militants Trade Fire After Talks Fail Pres. George W. Bush Takes Ice Bucket Challenge Pierce Brosnan's Call to Join the Expendables Changes Coming to No-Fly List
Comments Tracker