By Robert Schussel, Ph.D
To compare the Management Pay of VCUSD (Vallejo City Unified School District) employees with those in other Solano County school districts.
A frequent complaint of the critics of the VCUSD is that VCUSD Management is overpaid while teachers’ pay is not competitive. These critics also believe that the School District is top heavy because it has too many administrators.
1) Some of the job titles can vary significantly from district to district. Thus some caution is needed when making comparisons across districts. The below table is an example in which only two of the Director titles are similar.
|VCUSD Directors||Vacaville Directors|
|DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RE||DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RE|
|DIRECTOR, SPECIAL ED||DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL|
|CLASSIFIED DIRECTOR||DIRECTOR OF FACILITI|
|DIRECTOR OF EDUCATIO||DIRECTOR OF FISCAL O|
|DIRECTOR, COMPLIANCE||DIRECTOR OF INSTRUCT|
|DIRECTOR OF K – ADUL||DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLO|
|DIRECTOR OF SNS/PURC||DIRECTOR OF CHILD NU|
|DIRECTOR OF CATEGORI|
2) When comparing management staff, the size of the district needs to be considered. The smaller districts such as Dixon, Benicia and Travis have significantly fewer administers than do VCUSD, Vacaville and Fairfield Unified.
3) The number of school Principals in a district is determined solely by the number of schools in a district.
4) Total pay (W2) is used in this report. A districts contribution for pensions and health insurance is not included.
1) Pay for management positions in VCUSD (most are housed on Mare Island) is average/competitive with the other school districts in Solano County. In comparison VCUSD teachers had not received a raise in 8 years.
- VCUSD’s Superintendents pay is in the 2nd highest compared to those in other Solano County School Districts
- Fairfield Suisun Unified School District tends to pay the most for Management positions.
- VCUSD and Vacaville Unified are similar in size (number of students) and pay.
- With the exception of Fairfield, VCUSD’s Associate Superintendent is the highest paid Assoc. Superintendent in Solano County.The higher pay in part is probably due to the longevity of VCUSDs Associate Superintendent.
- For both the Directors and Coordinators positions, VCUSD wages are competitive with the other School Districts in Solano County.
- While VCUSD’s pay for Directors is similar to Vacaville Unified, VCUSD’s Coordinators are making about $10,000 more on average than those in Vacaville Unified.
- Although similar in size, VCUSD has significantly more (9) Coordinators than does Vacaville Unified (3).
- Smaller Districts (Dixon, Travis & Benicia) typically have few if any Directors & Coordinators.
2) Compared to VCUSD non-teaching management, VCUSD Principals average pay is the lowest compared to principals in other Solano County School Districts (with the exception of high school principals at Dixon Unified).
- Vacaville Unified which is similar in size to VCUSD is currently paying its Principals significantly more than does VCUSD.
Due to a lack of pay raises VCUSD teachers and principals are earning significantly less than those in other Solano County school districts. To be blunt: The wages are no longer competitive. The same cannot be said for VCUSD management.
While the School Board said the Bankruptcy and State receivership were the reason most of the districts employees haven’t received raises for almost 8 years, somehow the Management level wages were kept competitive.
The VCUSD is losing teachers and principals at an alarming rate. The School Board needs to be more proactive and find ways to provide competitive wages for its teachers and principals. Is there money being spent on administrators and consultants etc. that could be used for teacher raises? An article in the October 13th San Francisco Chronicle stated teacher retention is a key factor in having good schools. The School Board will need to make some hard choices. So far the VCUSD School Board gets an F.
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