Pleasanton school board members tonight will consider a contract that will promote Luz Cazares, currently assistant superintendent of business services, to a new position of deputy superintendent, making her second in command of the school district and one of its highest paid administrators.
The promotion would raise Cazares' annual salary to $188,864. She will also receive a $1,300 annual stipend for having a college Master's degree and a $4,000-a-year contribution will be made to her retirement plan.
Her current salary as assistant superintendent is $182,964, including her Master's degree stipend. The new contract would run through June 30, 2015, a year longer than her current contract.
Cazares also would also be eligible for "an additional bonus, based on her performance," according to a draft contract with the PUSD along with "all benefits provided to executive cabinet members."
Under her current contract, those include a $600 per-month car allowance and a 220-day work year, 18 sick days, an additional 27 days of "non-duty days," and paid memberships in the Association of California School Administrators and the California Association of School Business Officials.
Under the new contract, the district would also pay for Cazares to enroll in the Curriculum and Instructional Leaders Academy, the Personnel Administrators Academy and Superintendents Academy.
On retirement, after at least seven years with the district, she and her spouse will be eligible for paid medical, dental and vision until she's 65. After that, she and her spouse will be allowed to pay their own premiums and remain part of the district's health care plan.
After 10 years with the district, management employees are also eligible for a "Golden Handshake" retirement bonus of at least $25,500. Those bonuses are indexed to pay, so as pay goes up, the bonus does as well.
The new contract is expected to be one of the first moves after the board's annual reorganization in which a new president and vice president will be chosen.
In addition the board will consider eliminating the five furlough days for management, confidential, certificated and classified employees.
Restoring the full year to the schedule will cost $150,000 for management and confidential employees alone.