LBCC approves $25K raise, new 4-year contract for president

The Board of Trustees on Tuesday night moved to approve a new contract and a 10 percent raise for Reagan Romali, the president-superintendent of the Long Beach City College school district, just one year into the job.

The new four-year agreement gives Romali, who oversees the district’s two campuses, an annual salary of $275,625, with health and welfare benefits, a $500,000 life insurance policy, mileage reimbursement and the payment of up to $7,500 for job-related expenses, according to a release. It is set to end June 2022.

The contract is a $25,000 increase from her original contract that was set to end in June 2019.

It wasn’t immediately clear why the contract was approved a year before it was set to expire.

Sunny Zia, president of the Board of Trustees, touted Romali’s achievements during her time at the college so far, including decreasing the college’s budget deficit from $10.7 million to $300,000 without having to lay off employees or cut programs, increasing summer enrollment and the number of students graduating with honors, boosting employee morale.

“This new agreement starts to close the significant gap that existed between Dr. Romali’s present salary and that of our former Superintendent-President,” Zia said in an email. “It also places her more in line with our faculty, while acknowledging her value to the district and community.”

According to Transparent California, former superintendent-president Eloy Oakley earned $325,000 in his base salary in 2016.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.