The Belmont-Redwood Shores school district is again asking for more parcel taxes with Measure R — a 10-year, $20 million parcel tax. As much as their supporters say they have a revenue problem requiring this new tax, in reality what this school district has is a serious spending problem.
One key example of this fiscal irresponsibility is the hiring of their new superintendent, providing him a compensation package that is extraordinary for its size and out of scale with neighboring districts. The new superintendent is paid a base salary of $192,000, a stipend of $2,600 for his advanced degrees, and a generous tax-free car allowance of over $6,000 annually; when these are combined with his benefits and retirement package, the district is likely shelling out over $210,000.
This is significantly more than Redwood City and similar to San Mateo/Foster City — districts that are three times its size. Add to this an administrative staff that has grown out of proportion with five central office department heads, and recently the addition of a well-compensated new position called “Director of 21st Century Learning.”
It’s truly shocking that a small district of only about 170 teachers employs this many highly paid administrators. It’s premature to pass Measure R when the district behaves wastefully with taxpayer money. Vote no on R, and tell this district to get its spending under control and to live within its means.