Middle School Group Seeks to Halt School Employee Pay Cut

Courtesy Photo--Lincoln Middle School Marching Band and Music Boosters Club are trying to stop the district from cutting their music director’s salary.

Middle School Group Seeks to Halt School Employee Pay Cut

Members of the Lincoln Middle School (LMS) Music Boosters Club, a non-profit parent organization supporting the LMS music program, started a change.org petition to prevent a second pay cut to LMS’ music director’s salary.

Tyra Cable has been LMS’ music director for more than 12 years. She has worked for the Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) for more than 19 years. Last year, Cable took a 20% pay cut starting Fall 2021, according to the petition.

“She took it despite the financial hit it would mean for her and remained dedicated to LMS,” the petition stated.

However, she was told that the district wanted to cut her salary an additional 20% starting Fall 2022.

The boosters club has made a request to get this item onto the AUSD Board of Education agenda for April 26th.

“We do not want to lose Mrs. Cable to being forced into leaving LMS. We ask that they retain Mrs. Cable as the Music Director at LMS and do not further reduce her pay beyond the Fall 2021 levels,” the petition stated.

Currently, 332 have signed the petition. Their goal is to reach a minimum of 500 signatures.

The LMS Marching Band, under Cable’s guidance, has performed in several high-level locations including at Christmas Tree Lane during the holidays, the San Francisco’s Chinese New Year Parade, and performed the national anthem at Oakland A’s games.

To sign or read the petition, visit https://chng.it/QjwZ6Pwk.