MPS Gives $100,000 in Pay Raises Without Board Approval
None of these raises have been officially reported to the school board.
Over $100,000 in pay raises have been approved by Milwaukee’s superintendent to 23 individuals who are within top positions of the administration. The largest pay raise to one individual was $17,600.
None of these raises have been officially reported to the school board, says Milwaukee School Board member Terry Falk, who issued this press release.
This information was provided to the school board through an investigation conducted by Milwaukee Public Schools’ Office of Accountability and Efficiency (OAE), an office established by the school board and independent of the administration. A whistleblower contacted the OAE office which triggered the investigation.
The superintendent contends that all but one of these raises are appropriate because the school board need not approve of such raises if the raises are 10% or less and are a result of reclassification of individuals.
But board policy specifically requires such reclassifications must be reported to the board. That did not happen. This requirement has been confirmed by the city attorney’s office.
In addition, the one individual receiving the largest pay raise was not reclassified, and the raise was done without the required board approval.
Although the superintendent has been informed of these violations, these pay raises continue to be paid.
The original pay raise investigation that was triggered by a whistleblower’s complaint is not part of 23 unreported pay raises discovered by OAE. That complaint is still under investigation, and OAE is continuing to investigate whether other additional pay raises did not follow board policy.
The public has a right to know these facts. Now we must have a conversation on how to move forward, Falk says, adding that the board is asking the right questions and exercising its proper legal responsibility for oversight.
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