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Thursday, 23 February 2017 08:00

Increase to PRSD chair’s remuneration reflects extra work

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Adjustments have been made to the honorarium paid to the chairperson of the Prairie Rose School Division Board of Trustees effective the beginning of February.

The Trustee honorarium and expense reimbursement policy is reviewed annually in the first part of the year. This time around, for the Feb. 14 regular board meeting, administration suggested minor wording changes to better reflect the duties being performed by trustees as well as increasing the honorarium and expenses for the chair’s position.
The chair will now be paid $640 per month as an honorarium, an increase of $53 from $587. That person will also receive an increase in general expenses to $320 per month bringing the total compensation per month for the chair to $960, or an overall increase of $80.
Recommendations for the increases is based on data received provincially as well as regional comparisons.
“We recommend increasing that to $960 per month to reflect a lot of the important work that our board chairperson does,” pointed out Ryan Boser, secretary-treasurer, to the board at the meeting.
Other changes approved by the board include adding in “meeting preparation” and “school visits” as an example of what trustees can be compensated for as well as acknowledging there should be compensation for events where the trustee has a speaking role such as graduations or award ceremonies.
Superintendent Brian Andjelic told the board it is more efficient and effective to make small adjustments to the policy on a more regular basis than falling behind on the rates and playing catch-up. He added staying close to what other school jurisdictions offer, makes for easier trustee recruitment.
“We’re not out of the realm of averages provincially or with our neighbouring school jurisdictions,” he added.
Trustee Arnold Frank agreed it is better to stay as current as possible with remuneration rates.
“ ... Not at the top of the grid and not at the bottom of the grid, but somewhere in the middle,” he added, which is where Prairie Rose sits. “I think it’s very important we do this housekeeping properly.”
Current Chair Stuart Angle said the compensation is designed to help cover the work of that role.
He said in the last couple of years he has noticed the work of the chair has grown tremendously.
Compensation amounts stayed the same throughout the rest of the policy. All trustee compensation was last changed in January of 2016.
According to the policy trustees are paid an honorarium of $519 per month and the vice-chair $552. Including general expenses, the total per month for trustees is $778 and for the vice-chair $828.
For meetings the rate for a four-hour block of time is $90 per four-hour block. The time spent travelling to and from meetings and other school or division events is $22.66 per hour.
Each day a trustee travels or attends a meeting or event outside the jurisdiction, he or she receives $186 per day broken down into a $124 honorarium and $62 general expense allowance.
When participating in conference calls trustees will receive $23.69 per hour.
Mileage paid to trustees when using their personal vehicles for board business is $0.50 per kilometre.

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