Abbotsford’s top educators gained just over a nickel on the dollar in the 2017/18 fiscal year, according to the school district’s executive compensation report, a lesser raise than the year prior.
The total income, including salary and benefits, for the top five staffers with the Abbotsford School District amounted to $1.067 million for 2017/18, a 6.26 per cent raise – nearly $63,000 – over the previous year. That compares with an 8.72 per cent raise the executives received the year prior.
According to the executive compensation report, the school board “supports the common public sector compensation philosophy,” which evaluates performance in a merit-based pay structure.
At the top, Superintendent Kevin Godden received $282,506, including a $217,600 salary, an overall raise of 6.22 per cent. His package also included benefits worth over $13,000, a pension worth over $30,000, $8,000 in vacation pay and a vehicle allowance of over $11,000 – more than the entire school board combined.
Following Godden, secretary-treasurer Raymond Velestuk’s compensation totalled of $209,420, including a $159,842 salary, a raise of 6.36 per cent.
Assistant superintendent Gino Bondi received the largest raise last year, at 8.59 per cent. That brought his total compensation to $196,778, including a $151,841 salary.
Fellow assistant superintendent Angus MacKay, on the other hand, received the lowest raise last year, at 4.05 per cent, bringing his total compensation to $192,455, including a $151,978 salary.
Finally, assistant superintendent Carla Danielsson received the lowest compensation among the executive, totalling $186,186, including a $151,836 salary.
The raises are a fair bit lower than the previous year, when the average raise for the top-five earners was 8.72 per cent. That included a 12.5 per cent raise for Godden and 13.5 per cent for MacKay.
In the neighbouring Chilliwack School District, the overall compensation for the six executive staffers totalled $1,081,643. Superintendent Evelyn Novak, who made a total of $231,547, including a $192,850 salary. Novak’s raise from the year prior totalled 9.53 per cent, and about $20,000.