Superintendent Steven Enoch declined a 5 percent raise trustees approved for him as part of the conditions listed on his contract.
The $12,000 raise would have bumped his pay from $240,000 to $252,000.
“(Enoch’s) original contract states that after his third year of a positive evaluation, he is entitled to a five percent longevity increase,” Terry Koehne, SRVUSD community relations director, said. “Given the financial times that we are in, the superintendent opted to not accept.”
Enoch’s contract states that at the end of his third year, he is entitled to a five percent longevity increase, and the board can vote to extend his contract for another year.
The board agreed to extend Enoch's contract to June 30, 2013.
July will start Enoch’s fourth year as the superintendent for SRVUSD.
“As for the salary step increase, I appreciate the board’s commitment to honor a contractual agreement, but after some consideration I have decided that this is not the right time to accept an increase,” Enoch said in a press release. “Our focus right now needs to be on trying to preserve programs and services for our students and addressing the huge financial crisis that we face, along with every other school district in California. I don’t want a salary step increase for me or anything else for that matter to become a distraction from this financial crisis which needs to be front and center in terms of our time and energy.”