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Salmon Arm  

Trustees to get $13,500

Remuneration for incoming trustees in School District 83 has been set.

A five-member board will be elected in the fall and the new trustees will receive $13,500 with an additional $3,000 to be paid to the board chairperson and $1,500 to vice-chairperson.

Secretary-Treasurer Nicole Bittante reviewed 17 similar sized school districts and five local municipal councillor stipends, to bring two recommendations to Official Trustee Mike McKay for consideration.

Bittante used 17 similar sized school districts with enrolment between 4,000 and 10,000, as comparators, with two anomalies being removed (West Vancouver and New Westminister) as they paid their trustees in excess of $20,000.

The remaining districts remuneration ranged from $11,000 to $16,392.

Bittante also researched local councillor stipend amounts which ranged from the City of Enderby's $8,500 to the City of Salmon Arm's $22,100.

After approving the remuneration recommendation, McKay also approved the annual adjustment of trustee remuneration, effective Dec. 1 of each year beginning in 2019, be based on the BC Consumer Price Index change from the prior year.

SD 83 has been without a full board of directors since the entire board resigned in 2016 after a public uproar over revelations that trustees had voted to transfer millions of dollars in surplus operating funds into capital funding projects over the past five years, including] the new $9.3 million board offices.



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