SCC president extends contract, makes compensation adjustments
For the second time in 13 months, the Solano College district governing board has reached an agreement with Jowel Laguerre, superintendent-president of Solano College, for a reduction in compensation.
The governing board voted 7-0 during their July 18 meeting for Laguerre to forgo a one percent salary increase of $2,350, and a fundraising/entertainment allowance of $5,000 for the 2012-13 fiscal year. They also agreed to add another year to Laguerre’s contract, which will now end in 2016.
The governing board and Laguerre reached a similar agreement last year, according to governing board minutes. Reduction of Laguerre’s compensation for the 2011-12 fiscal year totaled $15,780.50. Laguerre gave up a one percent salary increase, the $5,000 fundraising/entertainment allowance, and agreed to eight furlough days during the fiscal year. The furlough days saved $8,340.50
Laguerre’s contract has been modified three times since his tenure at Solano College began in the summer 2009.
According to the governing board meeting minutes of April 8, 2009, Lagurre’s original contract began on July 1, 2009 and was slated to end on June 30, 2012. It also stipulated that Laguerre would receive $225,000 base salary, a stipend for professional allowance, vehicle allowance, housing allowance, and doctorate degree.
A year later the governing board extended the contract of Laguerre from July 1, 2010 to June 30, 2014. According to this iteration of the contract approved by the governing board on Sept. 1, 2010, Laguerre would still receive a base salary of $225,000 and other benefits per year: fundraising/entertainment allowance of $5,000; professional allowance of $3,000; vehicle allowance of $5,000; a housing allowance of $10,000 to end on June 30, 2011; and a one-time $2,400 stipend for doctorate degree.
The governing board on July 20, 2011, approved another contract extension for Laguerre. This approval occurred at the next governing board meeting after Laguerre agreed to give money back to Solano College at the June 30, 2011 governing board meeting.
This extension of the contract specified that Laguerre’s contract would commence on July 1, 2011 and end on June 30, 2015. Laguerre’s base salary was raised $10,000 from $225,000 to $235,000 but Laguerre told The Tempest that he would no longer receive the $10,000 housing allowance.