The proposed pay hike is equivalent to a 2% annual increase since the last time board members received a raise, said Michelle Olympiadis, chair of the board’s budget commission.
Last fall, a city compensation commission recommended that school board pay should nearly double, to $30,000 a year.
A couple board members express concern about a large increase, including Chairman Jason Esteves. He said he ran for the seat “as a public service” and said many school board members across the nation are unpaid.
He added that the role of a board member should not be a full-time job.
Atlanta school board salaries currently fall in the middle of the pack compared to other metro Atlanta districts.
DeKalb County school board members make $18,000 a year plus a monthly stipend of about $450, according to the Georgia School Boards Association.
In Fulton County, board members make $18,500. Gwinnett school board members, who oversee the state’s largest district, made $15,608 at the start of this year. The Cobb school board salary is $19,000. In Clayton, it’s $12,000.