BEAVERTON, Ore. – The Beaverton School Board voted unanimously this week to give Superintendent Jeff Rose a four percent raise.
The vote came after voters approved a tax increase to further fund Beaverton schools, and it upset some parents. The salary increase for Rose means he will make $193,000 per year starting next month.
“It's just ridiculous to me,” said Michelle Eyres. “The money should be going to people who interact with the kids in the classroom, not be going to people who are at the admin building.”
In a newsletter to Beaverton parents on the district’s website, the district says that none of the levy funds will go to Rose’s raise. They also point out that Rose did not take a raise last year, and his salary is less than the average compensation for school districts similar in size.
For parents who spoke with KATU, it’s less about the money and more about the message the raise sends. Chris Johnsen started a Facebook page in protest of Rose’s raise.
“I want everybody to get the opportunity to be able to voice their concern,” he said.
Johnsen’s son, Everett, said homework is a lot harder when he can’t take school books home.
“Why is he getting a raise when these things aren’t being addressed first?” Chris Johnsen said.
“We should have somebody in that position who really wants the job and wants it for the right reasons,” said Eyres. “If we have to keep giving him a raise to do that, I don't think that's somebody we want.”
Beaverton School Board Chairwoman LeeAnn Larsen said she can understand why the raise has some parents angry.
“I understand the concern, but there are so many other factors that go into this,” Larsen said. “We feel as a board he’s done just an outstanding job in our district.”
Eyres says she’s going to pull her daughter from the district.
“We're going to have a hardship now, because we're taking our daughter out of the school district. We’re going to have to pay for tuition, our property taxes going up. Our city taxes, they’re part of property taxes, they’re going up,” she said. “We're barely making ends meet as it is, but he's getting a raise.”