The 9 members of the PPS Board oversee an annual budget of a half billion dollars- larger than the annual budget for the City of Pittsbugh. Meetings are frequent, constituents have questions, and there are stacks of documents to review. Unlike City Council positions, however, School Board member is a volunteer position.
In order to attract the best candidates would it be better to pay School Board members, at least as a half-time position? Some say that with a volunteer system members serve because they care about the schools and children, rather than pay. However, there may be people who care very much about the schools and children but have no time left after working one or more jobs to support themselves and their families. Paying members would also be a real acknowledgment of their value to the school district.