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Lodi superintendent gets raise to nearly $300,000

The Lodi Unified school board voted to give Superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer a 5.07% pay raise, her second raise in eight months, bringing her annual base salary to $291,000, according to the Lodi News-Sentinel.

The board voted 5-1, with one abstention, to boost Washer’s salary. The longest-serving superintendent in San Joaquin County, Washer also received a 3.2% pay raise in June. Board members said the boosts in pay are consistent with her contract.

Teachers union President Michelle Orgon questioned the pay raise.

“The outline of the 5% and where our superintendent is compared to where our new teachers are, that are having a hard time struggling and having to work two jobs, it would really be helpful to have a living wage for our teachers, to only have to work one job,” Orgon told the newspaper. “That structure seems out of balance, in our opinion.”