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SRVUSD superintendent passes on 12k raise

'It was the right thing to do'

Superintendent Steven Enoch didn't have to turn down a 5 percent raise. It was in his contract, and he'd met the performance requirements to have earned it.

And while $12,000 is a drop in the bucket for the district, which spends millions every year on pay for teachers and staff, Enoch said it just wasn't the right time for a pay increase.

"Here we are in a financial crisis that is deeply worrying, that is affecting our staff and our students, and I just thought that if I was to accept that, my message about the crisis that we face and my words would be covered up by my actions," he said. "It seems a bit trite, but actions speak louder than words."

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District's (SRVUSD)board of education affirmed that Enoch met the performance requirements that qualified him for a 5 percent longevity increase effective July 1. Under Enoch's contract, if he is rated "above satisfactory" he qualifies for a 5 percent salary increase at the start of every fourth year of his contract.

The board also voted unanimously to extend Enoch's employment contract to June 30, 2013. The one year extension was approved at the Board workshop on April 20, 2011.

Enoch said funding for the district remains in limbo, with little new information available until the May revise, and hard details that won't be available until the state passes its budget for the upcoming year.

He said the district faces cuts that range from $10 million on the low side to potentially more than $20 million.

Enoch said SRVUSD has been very conservative with its budgeting and may get some help from a projected 500 new students by the start of the coming school year -- what he calls the growth bonus -- which should help offset some cuts, at least in the short term.

And while the district is in negotiations with its unions, he said that wasn't the reason for turning down the pay hike.

"I think hopefully it's a message that we all need to make sacrifices. I didn't do it directly linked to bargaining," Enoch said. "I did it because it was the right thing to do."

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Posted by collins
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on May 2, 2011 at 8:04 am

Mr. Enoch appears to be a man of integrity. He did it "because it was the right thing to do". Wow! Imagine if our entire town felt that way. How about our entire nation? Congratulations, Mr. Enoch.


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Posted by Just Joe
a resident of Danville
on May 2, 2011 at 10:26 am

A nice gesture but it's not going to solve anything until they control the rich pension and benefit plans that everyone receives…


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Posted by psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on May 2, 2011 at 11:39 am

Steven Enoch,

Thank you!


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Posted by JR
a resident of Danville
on May 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm

What a smokescreen for a dude that imparts fear into his subordinates.


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Posted by Parent
a resident of Danville
on May 2, 2011 at 3:09 pm

JR is right, he's the biggest bully in the district. Micromanages people till they quit! We've lost some great people because of him. The best cost savings he could give to the district would be to quit!


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Posted by Alamoan
a resident of Alamo
on May 3, 2011 at 8:52 pm

Says Just Joe "…it's not going to solve anything until they control the rich pension and benefit plans that everyone receives…"

Who is this "everyone" of which you speak?


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Posted by Frieckles
a resident of Danville
on May 5, 2011 at 6:35 am

Wow, I feel so reassured that our srvusd is so professional ;>( Airing your dirty laundry does not impart trust on the part of the community. Deal with the infighting privately.


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