Following up on a campaign promise, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Wednesday he is donating his salary to Nevada’s schools.
In a letter to the Nevada State Board of Education, Sisolak said he was committed to donating his net salary on a quarterly basis to the Nevada Department of Education Gift Fund, to be distributed to Title I schools, which have a disproportionate amount of economically disadvantaged students.
“It is a great honor to serve Nevada’s residents as their governor. It is my sincere hope that with this donation, I can begin to fulfill my promise to our educators, families, and children and make a positive impact on our public schools,” Sisolak wrote in the letter.
Throughout his campaign, Sisolak said if elected governor he wouldn’t take a salary until Nevada’s public schools were “turned around.” Sisolak’s receives a gross annual income of $163,474.
The governor requested that his donated salary be distributed as one-time-donations of $1,000 to different Nevada’s Title I schools each quarter over four years. Currently, there are 416 Title I schools in the state. Sisolak also asked that any remaining funds be evenly given to all Title I schools statewide.
Earlier this year, Sisolak and First Lady Kathy Sisolak set up a separate bank account for the governor’s paychecks to facilitate their donation evenly to Title I schools across the state.
An oft-cited study commissioned by the Legislature and released last year determined that “adequate funding” to improve education would be $9,238 per pupil. Current funding is $5,897 per pupil. A jump to the recommended base level funding equates to more than $3 billion in additional funding needed annually.