A ballot measure that would increase annual pay for members of the Board of Education is expected to be removed from the November ballot in an effort to get voters to focus more a bond measure to modernize schools.
The seven-member San Francisco Unified School District board decided Tuesday evening to ask the Board of Supervisors to remove the pay increase measure, according to School Board president Hydra Mendoza.
“We don’t want it on the ballot at the same time as the bond,” she said.
The school district plans to go to voters with a $531 million bond in November that would give 50 schools much needed upgrades.
That ballot measure is more important, board of education members said, than one that would have boosted their own pay from $6,000 each year to $25,000.
The school board had hoped a June special election would included the pay increase measure, but Gov. Jerry Brown was not able to secure enough votes in the Legislature to hold such an election.
Supervisor Jane Kim co-sponsored the measure. Kim served on the school board for four years before being elected to represent The City’s District 6.
Kim said the school board had always intended the measure to appear on the June ballot and not November.
“They don’t want it to confuse voters, if it coincides with the bond,” she said.
When asked if she will re-introduce the measure at a later date, she said that would be in the hands of the Board of Education since it is their measure.
During original discussions of the pay increase Supervisor Sean Elsbernd questioned the timing of the ballot. After hearing the board decided to remove the measure from the ballot, he said he was not surprised.
“November is obviously the wrong time,” he said. “They wouldn’t go before the voters at the same time they’re asking for a tax increase for a bond.”
The Board of Supervisors has until July to introduce a resolution to remove the pay increase from the November ballot.