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School board to discuss Byerrum allegations

Grass Valley's school board is expected review a response tonight to allegations that the district's previous superintendent received unauthorized salary increases that should not have been included in the calculations of his retirement compensation.

The response comes two months after the grand jury's report about former superintendent Jon Byerrum . Since then, school district staff and board members have remained mum on the matter, indicating only that the district would respond to the allegations by the Sept. 4 deadline set forth by the grand jury.

The June 7 report noted that Byerrum, who retired in June 2010, received a nearly $13,000 raise, an increase to $134,227, in the summer of 2008. However, none of the board members at the time recalled discussing, granting or voting on the matter.

Additionally, the jurors accuse Byerrum of ordering that his medical benefits be replaced by $5,613.60 of yearly in-lieu pay, even though his contract did not allow for it.

"This has resulted in the former superintendent receiving retirement benefits to which he is not entitled and increased retirement fund liabilities to the Grass Valley School District," the jury's report states.

Grass Valley School District paid 8.25 percent of Byerrum's salary annually toward his retirement while he was employed, according to the California State Teachers' Retirement System (CalSTRS). Byerrum currently receives a monthly member benefit of $5,674.90 for an annual amount of almost $68,100.

CalSTRS into Byerrum's pension after the jury report was released. The progress of that investigation was not available as of press time.

Byerrum has declined numerous attempts by The Union seeking comment on allegations outlined in the report. He could not be reached by phone and email Monday.

Grass Valley School District would not release a draft of its response prior to tonight's meeting.

Also on tonight's school board agenda is approval of the minutes from the board's Aug. 2 meeting, where a discussion was held on the response to the jury report.

To read the grand jury's report, or view an agenda for tonight's school board meeting, visit www.TheUnion.com, click on this story and download the attachments. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the boardroom of the district office, located at 10840 Gilmore Way.

To contact Staff Writer Christopher Rosacker, email to crosacker@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4236.

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The Union Updated Aug 14, 2012 11:41AM Published Aug 14, 2012 11:24AM Copyright 2012 The Union. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.