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Letter: School district wages too high

The reality is that employees earning these kind of wages do not need wage increases ever

School district wages too high

Our local Cowichan Valley School District has a licence to print money.

This is due to our local school trustees not having any knowledge of how to manage the operating costs of our school district. Why? Of all the school districts on Vancouver Island, the Nanaimo Ladysmith school district has the highest paid secretary treasurer at $225,738 per year followed by the Cowichan Valley school district’s secretary treasurer being paid $204,279 per year.

Both districts gave a wage increase to their secretary treasurers but keeping up with a licence to print money, the Cowichan school district gave a 5.2 per cent wage increase for one year in comparison to Nanaimo Ladysmith school district with a 3.7 per cent wage increase for one year.

The balance of the remaining Vancouver Island school districts puts Sooke in third, Greater Victoria in 4th, Qualicum in 5th, Saanich in 6th, Campbell River in 7th, Comox in 8th, and Alberni in 9th. The Cowichan Valley school district is number one with giving out the highest wage increase.

This pandemic of out of control payment of wages has been going for decades, and no senior governments seem to care about putting a stop to this total nonsense of spending taxpayer dollars. That is past B.C. governments of Social Credit, NDP, B.C. Liberals and our present B.C. NDP government.

Why is our Cowichan Valley school trustees approving a 5.2 per cent wage increase in one year for an employee already earning over $200,000 per year?

This shows the incompetence of the Cowichan Valley school trustees.

The reality is that employees earning these kind of wages do not need wage increases ever. They can work until retirement at the same wage.

On top of this, these secretary treasurers also have a 100 per cent taxpayer paid employee benefits plan.

Why is the Cowichan school district secretary treasurer paid $13,667 more than the Saanich school district secretary treasurer?

Why is the Cowichan school district secretary treasurer paid more than the Greater Victoria school district secretary treasurer when Cowichan has only 7,730 students in comparison to 20,004 students in the Greater Victoria school district?

These are serious concerns and must be stopped immediately.

Unbelievable!

Joe Sawchuk

Duncan

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