You recently reported on the 15 percent pay raise given to the elected county Superintendent of Schools Tom Changnon by the elected Stanislaus County Board of Education.
These are the same people that reduced funding by 18 percent for special education programs run by the Stanislaus County Office of Education. SCOE increased class sizes, did not give instructional staff cost-of-living raises, increased insurance cost to instructional staff and reduced class budgets. Teachers are now taking home less income while dealing with more students. Para-educators are not making a living wage as a result of being charged more for benefits.
This is the same SCOE that just completed a $22 million renovation at John F. Kennedy School in Ceres.
Changnon should return the money to the schools for educational purposes, but if the salary scale is raised, he will have successfully spiked his retirement by a substantial amount.
Changnon should turn down this raise in fairness to taxpayers and concern for the education of our students.