California School Boards Association executive director Scott Plotkin received two $175,000 raises that tipped his salary well over half a million dollars in both 2007 and 2008, according to tax filing posted Wednesday on the non-profit's website.First: The CBSA Board of Directors are completely asleep at the wheel if they had no idea, or complicent if they approved such egregious compensation. In either case, like every other pay structure in the local and state government systems, no one is watching the hen house. There's no independent review and decision making without bias to the existing employee base.
In a letter to its members, CSBA President Frank Pugh said the tax filings are a way to ensure transparency. CSBA's tax filings for 2007-2008 and the two prior years were already available on another website.
Plotkin's salary in 2007-2008 was $540,395, which CSBA spokeswoman Brittany McKannay previously said included a one-time bonus of $175,000.
The 2008-2009 filing posted on the CSBA website Wednesday was not previously available online and the organization previously declined to give a copy to The Bee.
That filing showed Plotkin's total compensation was $563,333, which included a $175,000 bonus. It also included a $10,200 car allowance, a $9,000 administrative allowance, a companion travel allowance of up to $3,000 and a tax deferred annuity of up to 10 percent of his annual gross salary.
CSBA will meet Aug. 17 to discuss "a number of critical issues, including further action that can be taken and information that can be shared to ensure the transparency that is expected by our members," Pugh wrote.
McKannay said CSBA's board of directors will also determine whether they will comply with The Bee's Public Records Request, which asked, in part, for Plotkin's pay for the 2009-2010 fiscal year, which ended June 30.
Plotkin announced last month he would retire Sept. 1 after admitting he used his company credit card to withdraw cash from area casinos. His large salaries drew criticism, including from the school board members the organization represents.
Pugh wrote: "I am worried about our membership not renewing and the attendance at our annual conference declining. I am worried about our staff becoming disheartened and moving on."
Second: What should happen is the termination of the Board of Directors and President Pugh. It's on their dime, and in an environment of wasteful spending in a State with a $19 billion short fall, we should be terminating people who abuse the system and the public's trust, and those who fail to prevent it with thorough management.
Lastly: Plotkins should be fired for cause using company credit cards inappropriately, which might take away what I'm sure is an outrageous retirement plan at the tax payer's expense.
It's truly sad to be a tax payer watching this kind of abuse with blind supervisors and board members who do nothing.
Maybe someday, social unrest and outrage will bring an end to this, it surely won't be politicians and bureaucrats.
Hope all is well
J.D. Rosendahl, Rosey