More than 85 percent of the Everett School District’s budget goes toward compensation.
The median total compensation for teachers in Everett is over $160,000. There’s nothing wrong with having well-paid teachers, but the median total salaries for Everett area residents range from less than $60,000 to about $133,000 in the more affluent areas. The district is demanding that constituents who make less than the teachers, pay their ever-increasing salaries. In 2018, the district approved a contract with an 18 percent salary increase in one year. In summer 2021, they approved a new contract that promises three more raises. The third raise is based on inflation. We don’t even know how much that raise will be. It’s basically a blank check.
The Everett School District is top heavy with extremely high-paid administrators. It has four deputy superintendents for its 20,000 students. Seattle, with more than 50,000 students has two vice superintendents. Our superintendent’s salary is nearly twice what the governor makes, and the deputy superintendents each make more than $200,000 total compensation.
Don’t believe the line that “It’s for the children.” If the levy fails, the district will scramble (beg the state legislature) for money to cover the 2021 contract, just like they did in 2018. It’s time for the school district to stop its reckless overspending. Vote no on the levies. For an honest, accurate cost analysis, go to www.nolevy.com.