LANCASTER — Antelope Valley Union High School District’s governing Board approved a resolution Thursday night in honor of the Week of the School Administrator.

The Board voted 4-0 with Vice President Victoria Ruffin absent.

The resolution has multiple “whereas” statements, which generally provide the basic facts and reasons for the resolution. For example:

“W(hereas), most school administrators began their careers as teachers. The average administrator has served in public education for more than a decade. Most of California’s superintendents have served in education for more than 20 years. Such experience is beneficial in their work to effectively and efficiently lead public education and improve student achievement …”

The resolution concludes with the “be it resolved” statement, “by the Antelope Valley Union High School District, that all school leaders be commended for the contributions they make to successful student achievement.”

“I would not only say that we should absolutely adopt this resolution as week of the administrator, but I would like to see us as a Board put those raises back on the agenda that we didn’t give them last year,” trustee Jill McGrady said. “Let’s give the administrators here while we are honoring them, and the unrepresented,  did not get a raise last year an opportunity to get a raise with the rest of our employees.”

Ruffin, Board President Robert “Bob” Davis, and Clerk Amanda Parrell voted at the Feb. 28 meeting against a 2% ongoing pay raise and 2.5% one-time bonus for employees that in­clude District ad­min­is­tra­tors as well as school site prin­cipals and their ex­ec­u­tive secretaries, school psychologists, sec­ur­ity dir­ect­ors and con­fi­den­tial em­ploy­ees such as those who handle per­son­nel data.

Davis, Ruffin and Parrell’s action came after the Board approved similar packages for teachers and classified employees.

“I would ask you to put it on the agenda next meeting, please,” McGrady said.

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