Last fall, a city compensation commission tasked with recommending salaries for the mayor, city council and school board suggested that school board member pay jump to $30,000.
Several school board members weren’t willing to go that far, settling at the $22,500 rate instead. The board chair and vice chair would earn slightly more.
”I think where we’ve landed is a fair place,” said Michelle Olympiadis, who leads the budget commission and represents east Atlanta.
Officials said the pending raises are equal to a 2% annual increase since the last time board members received a raise, about two decades ago.
The increase would push their pay to the higher end of those serving on metro Atlanta school boards.
Fulton County board members make $18,500, while their Gwinnett counterparts, who oversee Georgia’s largest district, made $15,608 at the start of this year.
Cobb’s school board salary is $19,000, and Clayton board members make $12,000. In DeKalb, the rate is $18,000 a year, plus a monthly stipend of about $450, according to the Georgia School Boards Association.
Atlanta school board member Nancy Meister, who represents north Atlanta, cast the only vote against the increase. She previously said she views the work as a public service and wasn’t comfortable with the size of raise.