School salaries released

Annual financial statements summarize remuneration

  • Jan. 22, 2015 8:00 a.m.

The School District #27 (SD27) report publicizing salaries and remuneration of its employees and elected officials was presented to trustees at the Dec. 12 – the final board meeting of 2014.

The 2013/14 Statement of Financial Information (SOFI) shows the $37,478,835 paid out in total employee remuneration, included $10,037,119 for employees with salaries higher than $75,000, with $27,333,770 going to those earning less than $75,000 per annum.

The two highest-paid SD27 employees were superintendent Mark Thiessen at $139,633 (with $7,174 in expenses) and assistant superintendent Harj Manhas at $135,838 (also at $7,174 in expenses).

These top salaries were followed by director of instruction Jerome Beauchamp at $119,133 ($4,393 expenses) and secretary-treasurer Kevin Futcher at $113,171 ($8,411 expenses).

A total of $107,946 was paid out in 2013/14 plus another $40,569 for expenses for the trustees.

Board chair Tanya Guenther topped the list at $18,792, with another $9,724 in expenses that was also the highest for amongst its trustees.

However, her expenses dropped from the $11,515 seen in 2012/13 when she was not the chair. At that time, it was noted she sat on several committees and had a longer commute to meetings than other trustees.

Vice-chair John Neufeld was paid $14,085, with the five other trustees ranging from $15,708 to $13,841. Their expenses ranged from about $1,000 to about $6,400, also reflecting how much travel and committee work the individual trustees incurred.

The SOFI is not yet posted online due to a technical backlog. Watch the website at for a future posting, or to see the 2012/13 SOFI.