Letter: How do we know SD43 trustees worth pay?

The Editor, Re. “School district trustees oppose pay decrease” (The Tri-City News, Jan. 17) and “Trustees are not in same work category as city councillors” (Letters, The Tri-City News, Feb. 7).

The Editor,

Re. “School district trustees oppose pay decrease” (The Tri-City News, Jan. 17) and “Trustees are not in same work category as city councillors” (Letters, The Tri-City News, Feb. 7).

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I think School District 43 trustees need to hand in a timesheet with details of what work they do and how many hours they spend doing it. How do we, as taxpayers, know how many hours the trustees really put into their job and what they really do?

Pay raises should also go hand in hand with what school district employees get for pay raises. If the trustees get a 5% increase, then everyone who works for SD43 — teachers and support staff — should also get a 5% increase in pay.

If the trustees don’t agree with that, then when they think they should get a pay increase, when there is an election, put it on the ballot and allow the people who pay their wage agree to the pay increase or not.

Shame on trustees who think they should make more money than other, larger districts while students in classes are going without new or more books. I had to pay $10 for a math package for my son or print my own copies of the math sheets at Terry Fox secondary this year.

There is really something wrong with this picture and I wish people would remember the names of those who voted to increase their pay and refused to revisit how overpaid they are.

Deb Losier, Port Coquitlam

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