Ask Joe: Do school board trustees get paid?

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 7/28/2014 6:57 pm

From the Ask Joe file, the Washoe County School Board is at the center of a major controversy over its handling of the Pedro Martinez situation. Martinez was relieved of his duties by the school board and he is now suing the district after he claims he was fired.

One of our viewers has a question about the school board. Ruth Stacy wrote in asking if school board trustees are paid, and if so, how much?


Joe checked with Victoria Campbell, who works in the Communications Department at the School District. The seven trustees are paid, in accordance with state law.

Each member of the board in a county where the population is 100,000 or more, as is the case here in Washoe County, must receive a salary of $750 per month. They also receive some health benefits: Medical, dental, vision and life insurance, at a cost of $650 per month to the school district, for each trustee.

To be accurate, Trustee Howard Rosenberg has waived that benefit and does not get his health insurance through the school district.

Joe also asked about qualifications to run for the school board. Basically, the only qualification to run is that you live in the school district. School board trustees are elected and serve four-year terms.
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