AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Whittier City School District board President Ken Henderson …said he and other Whittier-area school board members are not in it for the money or benefits. It’s more about community involvement. “I believe that anyone who wants to be and is a successful board member does it because they want to improve schools not for the benefits it provides,” he said. In the Whittier City School District, the East Whittier City School District, the Los Nietos School District, the Lowell Joint School District, the Little Lake City School District and the South Whittier School District, board members receive a $240 monthly stipend for attending all meetings. That amount is the minimum board members can receive under state law. The minimum amount applies to districts with anywhere between 1,000 and 10,000 students. El Rancho Unified and Whittier Union High school district board members receive $400 a month, while board members for the Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District receive $750 per month. Those two amounts are also set by state law $400 for board members in districts with between 10,001 and 25,000 students; $750 a month for members in districts with between 25,001 and 60,000 students. “The stipend is just for meeting attendance and it’s not usually much,” said Danny Villanueva, …assistant director of business advisory services for the Los Angeles County Office of Education. “Typically, board members will get the compensation and health benefits and mileage reimbursement, but I’m not aware of anything else.” By comparison, board of education members for the 500,000-student Los Angeles Unified School District receive $2,000 a month, their own offices, staffs and district-supplied vehicles. All but two of nine Whittier-area public school districts the Whittier City School District and the Los Nietos School District offer health insurance to school board members. Los Nietos trustees say health insurance is available for purchase by board members, but premiums are taken out of the monthly stipend. Henderson said the Whittier City School District has been “very focused on reducing costs,” so officials do not offer the benefit to board members. In the Whittier Union High School District, board members get $10,000 in life insurance, a benefit also offered to regular district employees. The Lowell Joint School District offers a Medicare supplement to board members who have served for at least 12 years and were appointed before 1994. Board members also have the authority to increase their stipends by 5 percent. But no local school board has done so in recent years, officials said. “It’s a noble deed to want to serve your community,” Villanueva said. “They’re public servants who get to spend endless hours serving the children of the community.” -Tracy Garcia can be reached at (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051, or by e-mail at [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER — In less than two weeks, voters will decide among dozens of candidates vying for seats on area school boards, which set policies and steer the course for local public school districts. But most voters are unaware what these part-time elected positions pay. In nine local districts, board members receive monthly stipends that range between $240 and $750. Most members also receive paid medical benefits that cover them during the duration of their terms. Members also get mileage reimbursements and paid expenses for traveling to conduct district business.