Pay increase for Surrey school trustees

Board of education votes itself a raise.

As of July 1, Surrey school trustees will receive about $66 more per month.

The pay increase was unanimously approved by Surrey Board of Education members during a vote at last Thursday’s public board meeting.

The seven trustees will now receive an annual base rate of $29,800 apiece, with the chairperson receiving an an extra $3,000 per year and the vice-chair getting an additional $1,500.

The increase mirrors the 2.6 per cent rise in the Consumer Price Index (cost of living) in Greater Vancouver in the past year.

The Surrey board’s wages (for seven trustees) will now total about $213,000 – less than both Coquitlam and Vancouver, which have nine trustees each, despite Surrey having a significantly higher number of students.

There are 70,360 students expected to attend Surrey schools this fall, thousands more than any other B.C. school district. The local board also oversees nearly 9,000 employee and an annual operating budget of more than $570 million.

Trustee honorariums are reviewed annually.

Last June Surrey trustees received a $300 per year raise – the equivalent of $25 per month, or 0.1 per cent.