Another CCSD employee complaining about pay concessions made over $93K in 2011

Victor Joecks

Two Sundays ago, Brent Bandhauer, a CCSD counselor, wrote a letter to the editor to the Review-Journal complaining about potential teacher pay concessions.
As you read his letter, keep in mind that he took home $93,682.81 in total compensation in 2011.

What’s wrong with teacher concessions? Time and again our community is being told that if teachers would make some simple pay concessions, like the other Clark County School District employee groups did, the budget problems would be resolved. One would logically assume the teachers are being selfish and short-sighted by trying to hold out for more money. …

In addition, teachers have been making pay concessions since Gov. Kenny Guinn took office in 1998. Even though times were “booming” in Nevada, school districts were already cutting. There have been several instances over the past 14 years where the district’s salary schedule didn’t include any cost-of-living allowance.

Every time I hear leaders of our school district or our community complaining about teachers being unwilling to forgo our earned pay increases, I wonder if they’re aware that such concessions mean so much more than simply living on the same pay as last year.
LAS VEGAS (Emphasis added)

Usually government employees, including teachers, receive several types of pay increases. Generally, teachers receive cost-of-living increases, step increases and increases for additional education or certifications.
First, isn’t this amazing? Outside of government employees, who else receives multiple types of raises each year?
Second, consider what Bandhauer is complaining about – “[t]here have been several instances over the past 14 years where the district’s salary schedule didn’t include any cost-of-living allowance.” In other words, in some cases, he only received one or two types of pay increases that year! He’s complaining about receiving a pay increase, because he didn’t receive as big of an increase as he wanted.

Third, this is why the information on TransparentNevada is so important. When government employees, like Brent Bandhauer, complain about not receiving enough pay increases, it’s important to be able to learn that, for instance, Bandhauer received over $93,000 in 2011. Assuming that as a counselor, he works the same amount as a teacher, he earned over $76 an hour in total compensation.

Only $76 an hour? No wonder, he’s upset. Who would ever want to earn that?