MARTINEZ -- Contra Costa Community College District trustees this week will consider a one-time exception to a policy prohibiting sabbaticals from costing additional money.

McKinley Williams, retired Contra Costa College president and longtime district administrator, may be offered a contract to serve as interim chancellor for a pair of one-month stints this fall, as Chancellor Helen Benjamin goes on paid sabbatical.

The meeting will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday at the George R. Gordon Education Center, 500 Court St.

Benjamin is going on sabbatical from Aug. 11 to Sept. 5 and again Oct. 27 to Nov. 21 to study how large corporations and nonprofit organizations focus on professional development and equity and how those practices can be utilized by the district.

District staff is recommending that trustees waive the policy that prohibits sabbatical leaves from causing additional expenses to the district because of the unique nature of the chancellor's duties.

Current policies state that when managers take sabbatical, they are not replaced. But a chancellor taking a sabbatical may be breaking new ground, said Tim Leong, a district spokesman.

Chancellors in the district haven't taken sabbaticals for decades, he said. Benjamin, a district employee for 24 years and chancellor since June 2005, has never been on sabbatical.

Under the proposed contract, Williams would receive a monthly base salary of $22,500, car allowance of $600 and $800 for community relations.


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Trustees will also consider how to dole out bond proceeds from Measure E, a $450 million construction bond voters approved last month, among the district's three campuses.

For more information, visit www.4cd.edu.

Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.