Calexico School Board Superintendent Seeks Pay Raise

By Mario Conde

The Calexico School Board will consider a salary increase to Superintendent Richard Fragale at today’s meeting.

Superintendent Richard Fragale announced that some time ago that due to recent legislative changes were made that apply to individuals who have retired from STRS and are under a contract with a school District would force him to step down from his position as Calexico Superintendent. Fragale would not be able to continue to receive retirement payments after earning in excess of $40,000 dollars from the public school district.

Instead of resigning from his position, Fragale proposed in a letter that the Board of Trustees increased his compensation in the amount of $30,000.00 for the 2012-2013. Fragale said in the letter that he was willing to defer the payment of the increase until January 2013 and have his salary increased monthly by $5,000 for the remainder of the school year. He also proposed that his vacation days be increased by a total of six days.

“I would ask that you keep in mind that by hiring me the District saved in excess of $39,000.00 when comparing my total compensation package to that of Dr. Christina Luna for the 2011-12 school term.” Fragale said in his letter and added that there was an additional $4,680.00 in savings beginning 2012-2013 school term because Dr. Luna would have been contractually entitled to an additional 3% increase in salary beginning July 1, 2012.

The total compensation proposed by Fragale would be $192,000.00 for 2012-2013.

“Together we have accomplished some monumental tasks over the course of the last year. There are a number of items that I would like to see through to completion. I am proud to be your Superintendent and confident that together we will straighten out some remaining items at the District.” Fragale said.

The meeting will be held today at 6:00 p.m. and it will be held at the CUSD Administration Board Room on 901 Andrade Avenue.