How do SF School Board members get paid? And how much?

SF School Board members don’t get a set pay, they get paid $75 for attending ‘meetings’. They do have to submit when they attended an event, I believe with the finance office, and they can also choose not to submit, like attending a football game, etc.

I added up what the school board members made between July 2012 – December 2012 (six months).

Some of the interesting events they asked for a $75 meeting payment on were things like ‘new teacher breakfast’ (all attended except Morrison), a ribbon cutting (all attended except Parker), back to school greeting (Parker, Thoelke), several miscellaneous meetings with Homan (ALL), Chamber Annual Meeting (ALL claimed except Morrison), Westra got paid for every single Sports Authority meetings she attended, she also submitted and got paid for attending a Chamber Mixer.


Westra $3075

Parker $2775

Tholeke $2625

Alberty $2550

Morrison $2250

Trust me, I would rather see them just be paid a flat salary, like $5000 a year. It is not a lucrative political job by any means. But the $75 per meeting payment plan is kinda silly when you can call having a drink at a Chamber Mixer, a meeting.


#1 Detroit Lewis on 03.11.13 at 4:50 pm

i have more to come on this, and will try to provide and update tonight.

#2 Joan on 03.11.13 at 5:31 pm

I would think they should only be paid for attending actual meetings. The other things are optional. When I taught school teachers were expected to attend things like PTA meetings and not get paid extra for do so. Also new teachers were required to attend freshman initiation and didn’t get paid for that either.

#3 pathloss on 03.11.13 at 11:53 pm

There’s some stretch but seems no major abuse. I’d have expected worse. I think they knowing there’s a record and it’s reported here can keep it under control.

#4 Craig on 03.12.13 at 8:53 am

If they did get a flat fee, there would be less incentive for them to actually attend some of these meetings and functions. It probably does seem a bit odd that they collect $75 for every single meeting they might attend as a school board member, but not sure there is a better system.

As you said, this isn’t a lucrative gig. By the time they pay for their gas and take time out of their evening to attend some random event $75 hardly seems like a worthwhile reward.

#5 Pathloss on 03.12.13 at 1:38 pm

Hmmm, is it reported on their income tax?