OC Department of Education to consider $293,250 pay for Superintendent
By Deborah Pauly
This is important and requires your action.
It has been brought to my attention that an item has been placed on the Orange County Board of Education agenda proposing a 2-percent pay raise ($5,750.00) for the Superintendent of Schools Al Mijares.
Mr. Mijares’ current salary is $287,500.00 making him the highest paid elected official in Orange County. The 2-percent raise would bring his base salary to $293,250.00. This does not include benefits. The concerned Board of Education Trustee who brought this matter to my attention has been frustrated in his efforts to obtain a complete record of Mr. Mijares’ contract and package. “I’m being stonewalled,” wrote Robert Hammond, OCBOE Trustee.
Mr. Mijares was appointed in June 2012. This is misstated on the OC Department of Education (OCDE) website, which indicates that he was appointed in August. He assumed the position from outgoing Superintendent Bill Habermehl, who vacated his position early. This maneuver by the Trustees allowed Mr. Mijares the advantage to run unopposed as an “incumbent” in the June 2014 Primary Election. Not surprisingly, he was elected with 100-percent of the vote.
The next regularly scheduled meeting is at 11 a.m., this Wednesday, January 14, 2015. You may view the agenda here:
http://www.ocde.us/Board/Documents/Agendas/1.14.2015 AGENDABACK UP.pdf
I’d like to be able to give you an email link off the OCDE website, so that you may contact the Trustees concerning the outrageous pay already received by the Superintendent. However, that information is unavailable, which smacks of a lack of transparency by the OCDE under the previous Board majority. In fact, it has been reported to me that emails and letters that are sent to the Trustees through the Department do not always reach the intended recipients.
Phone numbers are not listed either. (Editor’s note – you can email the OC Board of Education at this link and call them at 714-966-4012.
Taxpayers have a right to communicate with and provide input to their elected officials without hindrance. This is especially true in the world of education, where taxpayers are being taken to the cleaners, while our children and school facilities suffer.
Perhaps this will change under the newly-seated Board majority. They have their work cut out for them and their first order of business should be to reject this proposed pay raise for a bureaucrat who is already handsomely compensated.
Please forward this to all of your friends in Orange County.
Do try to attend this Wednesday’s board meeting, if possible.
In the meantime, I am trying to track down direct emails to the trustees so you can provide your input to them.
Elected Member, Central Committee
Republican Party of Orange County
for the 68th Assembly District
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