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Yuba College students protest chancellor’s $29K pay hike

MARYSVILLE – Yuba College students and Yuba County residents will demand that trustees roll back the pay raise they recently announced for the head of the college district.

A rally is planned for 11:30 a.m. today in front of the college administration building at the Linda campus to protest what one professor described as mismanagement of the Yuba Community College District.

“Their behavior often mystifies us,” said Yuba College Faculty Association president Lisa Jensen-Martin of the district’s board of trustees. The raise “just doesn’t make any sense.”

The faculty association and other groups are circulating a petition that calls on trustees to rescind the $29,282 pay raise they announced on Jan. 20 for Chancellor Nicki Harrington, lifting her salary to $249,282.

Petitioners also want an apology.

The petition describes the raise as an “egregious misappropriation of limited district resources during this time of fiscal constraint and uncertainty.”

Students said they are preparing for a hunger strike to start at noon Friday at the Linda campus if the trustees don’t turn back Harrington’s raise.

Harrington had said earlier she would distribute 3 percent of her increase to a scholarship fund and a challenge grant for the Yuba College district.

The salary boost was intended to assure the district could attract capable candidates when the chancellor retires, district spokesman Adrian Lopez said.

Trustees have recommended the increase and will act on it formally at their Feb. 10 meeting in Woodland, Lopez added.

The Union City Editor Trina Kleist contributed to this report. Contact Marysville Appeal-Democrat reporter Ryan McCarthy at (530) 749-4707 or rmccarthy@appealdemocrat.com.

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