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Lexington-Richland 5 board increases its own pay by 156 percent

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

Members of the Lexington-Richland 5 School District are defending a vote to increase their own pay by as much as 156 percent.

Board member Beth Burn Watson says the job is time-consuming and members are overdue for an increase.

Instead of $3,750 a year for serving on the board, members will now receive $9,600 a year.

"We consider that, the cost-price CPI, what other boards are making, we also took a look nationally at what other boards are making and it varies greatly. I think in our society we put a value on people's service -- their work -- and I think the same goes for those who serve on school boards," said Watson.  

While Lexington-Richland 5 becomes one of the best paid school boards in the state, plenty of others get by on no form of compensation.

The state school board association says there are 31 districts, including Lexington One, Lexington Three, and Lexington Four, that do not pay board members.

Fellow board member Jim Turner says he is uncomfortable with the raise, saying it was "the wrong thing to do."

Turner says he does not plan to take the raise.

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