The highest paid employee funded by Branford taxpayers just got a raise.
The Branford Board of Education, with a 5-2 vote, chose to give superintendent Hamlet Hernandez a 1% raise midyear, stating that his added work on the new Walsh School project warranted the extra monies.
“I’d like to make a motion in recognition of the superintendent’s additional work on the Walsh building project, that his salary be raised by 1%, effective February 1, until the end of the school year,” moved BOE member John O’Connor, after a lengthy executive session by the Board.
Two members, Shannen Sharkey and Betsy Regan, voted against the motion.
The move adds about $800 to Hernandez’ salary, according to BOE chairman Mike Krause. Currently, the salary for Hernandez is $193,260, according to Krause.
The move is unusual as it comes midyear, and specifically for a project Hernandez requested take place. Others in town who are working on the project are either volunteers serving on boards or staff, but none have seen any monies for working on the Walsh project outside of Hernandez.
Krause thanked Hernandez for helping move the Walsh project forward. The raise ends at the end of the school year, the Board did not say if they intend to continue the raise beyond that deadline as the project continues.