New School District Superintendent's Salary Is Revealed

The contract is for three years with an option for a one-year renewal. It does not include a housing allowance.

The draft contract for Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District superintendent Sandra Lyon calls for a $230,000 base salary. That is $10,000 more than the base salary of outgoing Superintendent Tim Cuneo, but he also received a $38,400 annual housing allowance. Her contract does not include a housing allowance.

(The contract is attached to this article.)

Six superintendents in Los Angeles County made more than $230,000 in 2010, according to a database on the Sacramento Bee's website. The Board of Education is expected to approve Lyon's contract at its meeting Thursday in Santa Monica.

The contract is for three years with a one-year renewal option. Other features include health, dental and disability benefits; 24 days of paid vacation per year; 12 days of sick/personal necessity leave per year and up to five days of bereavement leave. She also gets a $900 monthly allowance for cellphone and vehicle use and up to $12,000 to relocate to the district.

Another feature of the contract is up to $12,000 for a "coach" during Lyon's first year on the job. The coach would likely be a former superintendent, and serve as a guide for Lyon, who has no previous experience as a superintendent for a multi-school district. Although Lyon's title at the Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes School District was principal/superintendent, that district only contains one school.

Lyon will begin her new job on July 1.

The board meeting on Thursday is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. at the SMMUSD office, located at 1651 16 St. in Santa Monica.

Correction: "made more than $230,000 in 2010" has been corrected to read "made more than $230,000 in 2010."

ruben baca May 17, 2011 at 01:16 AM
I think that this is absurd and outrageous because they are paying more for a new Superintendent than the first one and they should be giving it to teachers and faculty that really deserve it. They say that their broke and they're practically handing her money and more benefits. And who's paying her expenses? Tax payers?!
Kathleen Roche May 17, 2011 at 02:37 AM
A coach? At that salary plus all the benefits, she is supposed to be able to handle the duties. And $12,000 to relocate? Five(5) weeks of vacation? $900 cellphone and car allowance? Who gets all this in a recession? These are the reasons I vote against all the property tax increases--more money for the district to squander.
AK May 17, 2011 at 03:31 PM
This explains why we all need to fight tax increases in the future. This compensation package is way out of line especially for a person with out the proven experience.
Eddie Greenberg May 17, 2011 at 03:38 PM
What is this with a housing allowance? Don't we ever learn ? With a pay package like this housing allowances need to be gone forever! Taxpayers and property owners are being destroyed by the financial burden yet we are refused to be heard. Soon more tax will be asked for the schools and all the cheerleaders for it are either mis-informed or never raised kids in their lives? While on the subject, why is the city manager earning the same salary as a President of The United States? Yet has banker's hours!!! Anyone know?


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