By Checkey Beckford

NATOMAS (CBS13) — Parents, teachers and rank-and-file employees are upset that the Natomas Unified School District is cutting teachers but giving raises to top administrators.

Parents and workers were rallying at the meeting at Inderkum High School on Tuesday night. But despite the uproar, the school board voted in favor of the raises and layoffs

As many as 26 teaching and 18 staff positions are to be cut, while administrators will get a combined $100,000 in raises.

Walt Hanline, the interim superintendent who was brought in seven months ago after the district was nearly taken over by the state, says the increases are needed to keep talented administrators from leaving for higher-paying jobs.

“We have cleaned up a mess financially,” he said.

But parents say the district has its priorities backwards.

“Administrators make six-figure incomes,” parent Damien Miller said, “and the teachers are barely make half that, plus they’re having to buy their own supplies as it is for classrooms. So it’s pretty disgusting, actually.”

The district says students will not lose programs and it will actually save $400,000 with the cuts.

Comments (5)
  1. InterimJokeNeedsButtKicked says:

    InterimStupidtenent needs to be butt-whipped for suggesting raises over valued teachers..

  2. Disgusted says:

    First, administration blamed the economy and budget cuts for not providing the necessities for a decent education. Now, we’re hearing the excuse of keeping talented staff. Just like the legislators going part time will not keep talented people. If these people were so talented, then why are we one of the worst financial states in the U.S.A.? Same goes for the unified school districts… if the administration are so talented, then why is Natomas one of the worst school districts in the state? Stop the BS and narcissistic behavior. Stop running your administration like the City of Bell.

  3. Doc says:

    Just wondering … shouldn’t a “SCHOOL district” be more worried about keeping and attracting talented TEACHERS ?!?!?
    If Administrators are considered more important than Teachers, you still have a huge mess to clean up,

  4. nothingchanges says:

    Only in California they try to build an upside down pyramid….FAIL !

  5. Nancy H says:

    I work for a school district & we haven’t had a COLA for at least 8 years! Not a teacher, but a secretary at a school. We’re all here for the same thing. Admin should try to make it like the rest of us. Isn’t it about the kids afterall?

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