The $663,000 superintendent

It’s a nice job if you can get it. Jose Fernandez, superintendent of a 6,500-student district in California, was paid $633,000 last year, the local CBS station discovered. The Centinela Valley Union High School District also loaned Fernandez more than $900,000 at 2 percent interest over 40 years.

Fernandez runs three high schools, a continuation school and an adult education center.

This is what happens when government officials think no one is watching, writes Jason Bedrick on Jay Greene’s blog.

Naturally, in response to the citizens’ outrage upon discovering that the school board they had elected was squandering their hard-earned money, the Centinela Valley school board officials did the only responsible thing: They hired a media-relations consultant.

Meanwhile, teachers are complaining they have to buy school supplies out of their own pockets.

Eva Moskowitz, who founded the high-performing Success Academy charters in New York City, is controversial because she earns $475,000 a year. (Half her pay comes from private donors.) The 22 Success charters educate 6,700 students.

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  1. PhillipMarlowe says:

    Two way overpaid leeches sucking on the public teat.

  2. I suspect the voters will not hand this district any more of it’s tax dollars when they need another bond issue passed 🙂

    • In order for the voters to have any impact on Mr. Fernandez’ salary, or much of anything else concerning this school district, they’ll have to wait till the next school board election, all the while maintaining their outrage, and elect a reform – oooh, there’s that word – slate against the resistance of whatever constituencies elected the current board.

      Pretty high bar to clear but that’s the nature of public education politics.

  3. Crimson Wife says:

    No school superintendent should make more than the POTUS. Most should even come close to the POTUS’ $400k, but maybe someone running a major city’s schools like NYC, D.C., or LA.

  4. Huh. Here in the 4th largest city in the US, Houston, the Superintendent makes about half this amount.

    (Well, I suspect he gets a bump with car allowances, bonuses, but not by that much.)


    • GoogleMaster says:

      For the Houston ISD super, that’s about $1.42 per student, not including bonuses, car, etc. Compare that to Fernandez’s $102.00 per student.

  5. It’s certainly hard to imagine how he personally adds $100 of value to the education of each and every student under his “care”. I’d be much more inclined to imagine that his $100 per student adds about zero to their education.