Board approves Wake superintendent raise

September 4, 2008 8:43:22 AM PDT
The superintendent of Wake County Schools is getting a pay raise, and some people are not happy about it.

Del Burns is entering his third year as Wake County Schools superintendent.

He'll earn a compensation package of $312,000. The Wake County School Board praised him with a 4 percent raise and an extra year on his contract this week.

However, not everyone thinks he deserves the raise.

"It's just concerning that, A, he got such a large raise, and B, what he did to warrant such a raise," Kathleen Brennan of Wake Cares said.

Parents like Brennan, who have opposed the school system's decision to move several schools to a year-round calendar question the board's decision.

"A lot of the choices they are making are very concerning, we'd like to think that they would be taking a close look at every penny they spend at a time when things are so tough for everyone," Brennan said.

Jennifer Lanane, who is the director of the Wake County chapter of the North Carolina Association of Educators, thinks Burns does a good job and deserves the raise.

"People will be mad about it, but I think people also understand that that's the way the game is played," Lanane said.

Wake County teachers got a 3 percent increase this year.

"It's not fair, it's not fair," Lanane said. "The fair thing to do would've been to give us all a 4 percent raise."

Burns' contract called for a 3 percent raise, but the Board gave him an extra 1 percent. Burns will remain on the job through 2012.


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