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Jordan School Board Abandons Perks

Jordan School Board Abandons Perks



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SANDY, Utah (AP) -- The Jordan School Board is abandoning an insurance perk and automatic cost-of-living salary increase that members gave themselves weeks ago, following community outrage.

After voting six-to-one, the board will no longer be able to earn cash instead of insurance or see a consumer price index raise each year. Teachers receive neither of those perks.

The decision is expected to quiet the board's critics. Educators were enraged to learn of the board's new compensation plan in July. Days after a new law took effect, the board quadrupled its base salary from $3,000 to $12,000 annually and gave members the option of taking home $17,456 if they didn't want insurance.

In total, a part-time board member could earn $29,456, or nearly as much as a first-year full-time teacher in the Jordan district.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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