The District 150 school board approved a two percent pay increase for Superintendent Grenita Lathan during its public meeting Monday. The final vote was 5 to 1.
The district will pay Lathan an additional $4,500 per year, which brings her base salary to roughly $207,500 annually.
The decision comes amid a projected $5 million budget deficit and on the heels of what board members are calling "a very contentious year.”
“Even if we had not operated in a deficit, the unfortunate circumstances of those relationships alone would have been enough for me to vote no on this resolution,” said Rick Cloyd, the lone opposition to the approval.
Most members of the horseshoe agree that community relationships have taken a major hit. But they say it is only a small part of a larger picture that includes better facilities and programs that provide equal opportunities to students across the district.
“I do realize that it has been a contentious year, but I had to realize everything else that had been done for the good of this district and the children in this district,” board member Lynne Costic.
Also, the school board says it will begin interviews for its empty board seat next week.
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