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School District salaries, benefits revealed

Langley School District Superintendent Cheryle Beaumont
Langley School District Superintendent Cheryle Beaumont's salary, and those of other district administrators have been released.
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Langley Superintendent Cheryle Beaumont makes less money than most of her counterparts in the 10 largest school districts in B.C. in salary and benefits, but a lot more than the trustees elected to run the district or the teachers in the classrooms.

A Times analysis shows that, at $198,503, Beaumont ranks number nine among the top 10, taking home less money than number one-ranked Surrey School District Supt./CEO Mike McKay, who made a total of $257,895.13 in the 2010-2011 fiscal year once his pension top-up and leased vehicle is included, along with payment for unused vacation time.

The Langley superintendent also makes significantly less than number two-ranked North Vancouver Supt. John Lewis, who received $245,891 in total compensation — and less than number three-ranked Vancouver Supt. Steve Cardwell, who pocketed $239,157.39

But Beaumont did better than 10th-ranked Julie MacRae, in Abbotsford who was paid $194,176.

A copy of the Langley superintendent’s employment contract obtained by The Times shows Beaumont signed the three-year deal in August of last year. It expires in July of 2014.

Her new contract represents a pay hike of 23 per cent compared to Beaumont’s previous agreement with the Langley district, a five-year contract that ran from August, 2006 to July, 2011 (the percentage figure is based on salary alone and doesn’t include perks).

It includes a vehicle allowance and pension contributions, standard perks for senior school administrators.

Beaumont is entitled to 30 days paid vacation plus “a vacation period equal to school holidays during the time when school is not in session at Christmas break and spring break as compensation for weekend and evening responsibilities.”

She also gets 45 days paid sick leave.

The district provided Beaumont with a home computer and cell phone, but those have to be returned if she quits or is fired.

She can only be dismissed by a two-thirds majority of the school board.

Beaumont’s compensation is roughly 10 times what the elected chair of the Langley school board gets, and more than double the amount the best-paid Langley teachers get.

Langley assistant superintendent and human resources manager Jennifer Canas made $166,251, placing near the lower end of the 10, similar to Beaumont.

Terms of the Canas contract were not immediately available.

It was difficult to precisely calculate the salary ranking of Langley secretary-treasurer David Green, who was brought in to help the district clear up its multi-million dollar deficit.

That’s because the district has only reported partial results for Green, who started work about four months into the fiscal year.

Based on those numbers, it appears Green gets about $184,000 a year in salary and perks, around the middle of the pack in the top 10.

A copy of his three-year contract shows that it was signed in October, 2010 and will expire in October, 2013.

It otherwise appears identical to the Beaumont contact.

Both the Beaumont and Green deals allow for an annual salary review, but neither managers’ pay can be reduced without their consent.

Salary and benefits figures for all B.C. school districts were released Monday, Dec. 19 by the Public Sector Employers Council.

A Times review of the figures shows the size of the district doesn’t always match the size of the manager’s salary.

While Surrey, the biggest school district in terms of student population, pays its superintendent the highest salary, the smallest school district in the big 10, North Vancouver, paid the second-highest management compensation.

Langley, which pays ninth, ranks ninth.

During the most recent fiscal year, Langley school trustees made $18,110, with the chair and vice-chair paid slightly more at $20,110 and $19,110 respectively.

The trustees have agreed to refuse any pay increases until the district’s deficit has been cleared up.

Under the current collective agreement, teachers employed by the Langley school district make from $42,802 to $81,489, depending on experience and education.

Teachers can make more than the top rate if they are department heads, or team leaders at middle schools, or a district “helping teacher” or a district co-ordinator.

 

Ten largest B.C. school districts ranked by size of student population as of the 2010/11 school year (numbers from provincial ministry of eduction):

1. Surrey (72,278)

2. Vancouver (58,659)

3. Coquitlam (33,131)

4. Burnaby (25,655)

5. Richmond (23,201)

6. Central Okanagan (21,777)

7. Greater Victoria (20,277)

8. Abbotsford (19,879)

9. Langley (19,809)

10. North Vancouver (16,332)

 

Top 10 ranked by amount paid to superintendents:

1. Surrey $257,895.13

2. North Vancouver $245,891

3. Vancouver $239,157.39

4. Greater Victoria $233,042

5. Coquitlam $222,738

6. Maple Ridge $212,051.60

7. Central Okanagan $201,340

8. Burnaby $199,649

9. Langley $198,503

10.  Abbotsford $194,176

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