Assemblyman Alejo Takes Aim at Superintendent Benefits
February 11, 2013
With the education budget in mind, Assemblyman Luis Alejo has taken aim at school superintendent benefits.
Alejo (D-Salinas) has introduced a bill to put a three month cap on the severance pay of a school district superintendent, according to a statement from his office.
The cap is necessary because superintendents are eligible for a severance pay of up to 18 times their monthly salary, the statement said.
“The combination of high paying salaries and high superintendent turnover is an issue that does not receive enough attention,” said Alejo.
The annual salaries of the highest paid school district superintendents ranged from $265,000 to $322,000, the statement said.
In response to a recent incident regarding a Monterey official, Alejo also plans on amending the bill to include a provision that would place limits on supervisors' paid leaves of absence, the statement said. Earlier this year the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District granted the outgoing superintendent a paid leave that’s estimated to be $93,000 for the rest of the year, in addition to the cost of finding and hiring an interim superintendent.
“Considering the state’s fiscal hardships, these are amounts that schools cannot afford to pay,” Alejo said.