Superintendent’s salary still less than others in Morgan

Even after a 25 percent raise, Edwin Diaz is still making
$10,000 less than his neighbors to the north.
The Gilroy Unified School District board bumped Diaz’s salary
from $139,514 to $175,000.
Gilroy – Even after a 25 percent raise, Edwin Diaz is still making $10,000 less than his neighbors to the north.

The Gilroy Unified School District board bumped Diaz’s salary from $139,514 to $175,000.

Diaz, who has been with the GUSD for five years, will still receive $500 a month for vehicle expenses, 3 percent of his salary plus $2,500 in fringe benefits and will be reimbursed for any “reasonable business expenses.”

That Diaz had not received a raise since 2001 and that his salary was far below that of superintendents in similar districts was the main reason the board decided to give him such a substantial increase.

Trustee Pat Midtgaard said the board looked specifically at superintendent salaries in Morgan Hill and Milpitas.

But even with the raise the Gilroy native is making less than the local brass to the north.

In the Morgan Hill Unified School District, the new superintendent is earning an annual salary of $185,000.

Alan Nishino, who began his tenure in July, also will receive $2,500 annually for possessing master’s and doctorate degrees; $650 a month in vehicle expenses; an annual stipend of $3,600 to cover costs incurred while completing district duties; $3,600 for professional development and $7,800 a year to cover subscription and membership costs.

The Milpitas Unified School District board made a move similar to Gilroy. In July, the board approved a salary increase for Karl Black from $154,110 to $186,110.

Black, who began his tenure with Milpitas in 2003 at a rate of $150,000, will also be reimbursed for memberships to professional organizations and for subscriptions.

Black uses a district credit card for any expenses incurred while performing his daily duties.

In May of 2006 the GUSD board members will review Diaz’s salary again and continue their goal of closing the salary gap.

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