(BRAWLEY) â€“ The Brawley Elementary School District voted unanimously in closed session at the August 28 meeting that the district would pick up Superintendent Ron Garciaâ€™s full health care insurance bill for two parties.Â Â
The district had paid $4,000 of his co-pay, while the superintendent paid $8,335, but by the boardâ€™s decision the district will pay the full $12,992 insurance fee.Â
This motion was made by board president Gloria Sandoval and seconded by Armando Padilla.Â Â
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On September 11th, Amendments to the Superintendent Employment Agreement were changed to ratify the health care payments along with an additional $14,000 dollar raise.Â
Â Superintendent Garcia, upon being rehired by the two new board members Janette Sandoval and Yvonne Burns who wereÂ elected last November and members Sandoval and Cesar Guzman, Garcia was given a raise of $5000. Member Padilla had voted no toÂ Garcia being rehired.Â This brought his salary up to $135,000. This latest raise brings his total salary to $149,000.00
Garcia stated that he had shared with the board comparative information about what other superintendents were geting in the Imperial County which they reviewed prior to his raise.
Garcia said, “Also, not wanting to go back into the past, when I first negotiated, which wasÂ very differentÂ here, I was actually negotiating with a subordinate. I didn’t understand it, I thought it was a local practice.”
He went on to say it is normal for a candidate to negotiate with either the board president or the entire board and that is when one sets their conditions. “I wasn’t given neccessarily accurate information when I first came in to the negotiation process. There are many things normally that a superintendent would get in terms of a contract that I didn’t. I’m starting my 3rd year, so it was a good time to make that adjustment.”
Garcia went on to explain that this is the only district he had worked in as a supervisor, including 6 1/2 years at Delano and as an assistant superintendent for 4 years, that did not pay all of the insurance benefits. “It is a big part of a standard benefit package,” Garcia said.
Garcia justified his raise byÂ pointing outÂ the pay of other superintendentsÂ being higher. “My salary is still lower than many of the other superintendents in the Imperial County.”
According to Garcia the district has reorganized, and there is less administrative staff now than other districts the size of Brawley elementary. “We have about 4000 students and the district staff is myself, and two atÂ director levels. We don’t have an associate director position, we don’t have an assistant superintendent. WeÂ are managing the districtÂ with a lot less than other districts our size. That means more work. I think I was fair in what I asked for and I think I was reasonable. From my standpoint, it was long overdue.”