Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Anger over Marilyn Shepherd's pay

An alert reader suggested I perhaps clarify how much MPUSD Marilyn Shepherd will be paid through the end of her tenure with the district.

The reader suggested I do this because there appears to be some confusion, as exemplified by the letter Judi Lang of Monterey that appeared in our august pages over the weekend.

The letter reads: "I am appalled the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District board voted "unanimously" to pay Marilyn Shepherd her full salary of $233,315 a year until her contract runs out in 2016."

The story I wrote for the Feb. 1 edition of the paper states that Shepherd is set to retire at the end of this year, before her contract expires in 2016 -- which means she was giving up future pay, since she's the one giving up the job.

Furthermore, I wrote: "Shepherd's annual salary is $223,315, which is about $18,600 a month. The remainder of the year would be equivalent to $93,000."

What that means is that the district is going to pay her about $93,000. That's what the board authorized, no more.

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