Amid Budget Woes, Paso Robles Superintendent Chucks His Pay Raise

Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Superintendent Chris Williams is set to receive a 1.5% raise, but he’s giving it up while the district navigates a number of financial issues.

Williams says he will donate the pay increase (about $3,300) to the Paso Robles 4A program, which supports educational programs throughout the community. He’s trying to “set an example,” he told the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

The Tribune outlined some of the budget difficulties Paso Robles Unified is facing earlier this month. The district’s budget reserves dropped to 0.96% during the 2017-2018 school year, down from 10% in 2015. That leaves the schools with just $754,413 in case of emergency. The California State Board of Education requires that 3% of the district’s budget be set aside in reserve. The two parties are now working on a plan to fix the problem.

Williams is set to earn $214,833 this year in addition to a 5 percent bonus for 10+ years of experience as a school administrator.