Board to discuss teacher raises, calendar tonight

Pay hikes also will be considered for administrators, including superintendent

The Palo Alto Board of Education will discuss raises for Palo Alto teachers and school administrators, including Superintendent Kevin Skelly, in its regular meeting tonight.

The board also will review options for academic calendars that would take the district through spring 2017.

Final votes on both topics will be scheduled for later meetings.

In tentative contracts with labor unions representing teachers and school staff, Scott Bowers, the school district's assistant superintendent for human resources, is recommending 4 percent raises as well as one-time, 2 percent bonuses based on 2012-13 salary.

Bowers has proposed identical raises for non-unionized management employees.

In the case of Skelly, the proposal is for a 3 percent raise for the 2013-14 school year only, and no bonus.

The board will hold public hearings as well as discussions tonight on all the proposed raises, with final votes likely Dec. 10.

In other business tonight, the board will review two calendar options, both of which end the first semester before winter break.

Also tonight, the board will be asked to approve a "planning timeline" that would lead to a decision as to the location and programming of a new elementary school by May 2014.

Tonight's meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the boardroom of school district headquarters, 25 Churchill Ave.

Chris Kenrick


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Posted by NoRaise
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Nov 19, 2013 at 8:24 pm

No raise until the homework policy is implemented, enforced and verified. At every site, and every teacher.

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Posted by More money for Skelly!
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2013 at 8:52 pm

Everyone is up for a raise. Skelly is up for a raise? Let's see how many of you want to give Skelly a raise. What about Young? The teachers? Principals? Everyone gets a raise, this has happened so fast, but thanks for donating to PiE and voting for Prop. 30, it has freed up money to reward all staff.

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Posted by more money
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Nov 19, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Sounds good to me! They deserve it.

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Posted by disgusted
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 19, 2013 at 9:04 pm

The idea that Kevin Skelly is getting a raise just demonstrates the absolute incompetence of this board. Since the voters re-elected this clown car, I guess they can pay for the hilarity.

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Posted by More money for Skelly!
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2013 at 10:02 pm

The board discussed the raises for PAEA, CSEA, principals, other confidential employees, and Skelly by saying that they would save their comments for the December meeting. It's essentially a six percent raise for everyone except Skelly, who is up for a three percent in his last year. You have here weeks to tell the board that this is a good idea or a bad idea. There is money to burn, no need to donate to PIE or vote yes for another parcel tax.

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Posted by Mil
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 19, 2013 at 10:57 pm

I prefer to see that money be put to better use-- providing school year round for disadvantaged (economically) students who have no means of paying for enrichment programs during the summer months. Maybe the School Board will do well studying the successes of the KIPP Academy Program in Bronx, N.Y. For an affluent city such as ours we have failed the economically disadvantaged and minorities students to a point where we all tax payers should be embarrassed. Other cities like ours have done better. In the words of the Dauber Family: Palo Alto Can Do Better. And I believe that too. The School Board is not lazy and Palo Alto must do better.

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Posted by disgusted
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 19, 2013 at 11:26 pm

A 3% raise for Skelly is $10,000. Do you feel that this man deserves $10,000? In the last year, the press coverage that PAUSD has experienced due to Skelly's incompetence and arrogance has absolutely and without doubt damaged the PAUSD reputation. People ask: what is wrong in Palo Alto. Bullying, suicides, federal investigators, state audit, what's next -- locusts? This man has to go just as a matter of district reputation and property values.

If Kevin Skelly, a public employee, receives at $10K raise after cratering our civil rights and special ed programs maybe Scott Walker is right. He's overpaid as it is. Why don't we subtract the unnecessary legal fees that he has cost us from his bloated paycheck and forget the raise. This is the limit with total failure by this board. This is like giving the guy in charge of a raise. He tried hard too. Our board is so worthless.

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Posted by More money for Skelly!
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 23, 2013 at 8:06 am

From Scott Bowers:

There were a few questions about the language used in the Board item for the Superintendent’s one-time salary increase. I have submitted a revised item to Kathleen Ruegsegger with the language used in the amendment by Lou Lozano. It will now read:
It is recommended that the Board of Education approve the amendment to the Superintendent’s Employment Contract as specified below.
The Superintendent shall be paid a one-time annual salary increase for the 2013-2014 school year only of three percent (3%) of his current base salary. This one-time increase shall be paid in the following manner: (1) in January 2014, the District shall pay a retroactive amount covering the months of July 2013 through and including December 2013; and, (2) the balance of this increase shall be paid in monthly increments in his regular pay warrant during the months of January 2014 through June 2014.”

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Posted by How on Earth?
a resident of Jordan Middle School
on Nov 23, 2013 at 10:20 am

How did we get such a terrible superintendent? Were there no clues to his personality and character during his job interview? Didn't the BOE read his background check? Surely there were some red flags.

Now Skelly and his cronies get a raise? After tarnishing the PAUSD name? After costing the district millions? [Portion removed.]

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Posted by tax payer
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Nov 23, 2013 at 8:09 pm

That Skelly has a $200k PR person is insulting to tax payers, and an indication that PSUSD has more money than they really need.

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Posted by Update?
a resident of another community
on Nov 26, 2013 at 9:12 am

Is there an update to this story? I thought I saw one in 11/22 hardcopy edition, but cannot find it online.

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Posted by Chris Kenrick, Palo Alto Weekly Staff Writer
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 26, 2013 at 9:40 am

Update is included in this board-meeting wrapup: Web Link

They'll vote on the various salary and bonus proposals Dec. 10.

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Posted by HUTCH 7.62
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 26, 2013 at 9:42 am

The teachers should be the only ones getting a raise in this deal. Skelly and his adninistrators should get a pay cut.

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