Ybarra hands out $600,000 in bonuses | Local

State Superintendent Sherri Ybarra gave her employees more than $600,000 in bonuses this spring.

It is the largest set of bounties Ybarra has awarded in his eight years in office. Payments began in April, weeks before the Republican primary in May. Ybarra finished third in the three-way primary and will step down in January.

The bonuses — known as “temporary merit increases,” in state government parlance — represent a one-time salary increase, at 9% for each State Department of Education employee. Ybarra. At the same time, every SDE employee is also eligible for a permanent 7% salary increase, in line with increases approved by the 2022 Legislature. $ in raises and bonuses.

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