It only took us six months but we finally found out what the last Superintendent was actually paid in 2016. It’s a shocker!

BUSD Superintendent ’s 2016 salary and benefits were $281k (TransparentCalifornia), more than the Governor of California! 

Wow! Tell us more!

In 2015, The San Diego Union Tribune commented  on Justin Cunningham’s Superintendent’s salary, benefits and pension ($191,000) in an article entitled “Some superintendent salaries rising to the extreme.” Here’s a snippet from the article:

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In 2015, Superintendent Justin Cunningham signed a 3 year contract in for approximately $170k plus benefits. In 2016, the Board approved raises for staff, increasing the Superintendent’s base pay to $178k.

However TransparentCalifornia reveals BUSD Superintendent ’s 2016 salary was almost $228k and salary and benefits were a shocking $281k in 2016, more than the Governor of California!

It took SaveGirdValley.com six months and dozens of emails to BUSD to finally see the correct figures uploaded to TransparentCalifornia. Cunningham retired in 2017, saying he had a bad knee. His pension will be based on this very high base salary. Interestingly, pensions for County employees with 25 years on the job max out at 40.5% of their salaries (recently reduced from 57.5%) but the Village News reported Cunningham’s taxpayer-funded pension will be 80 to 85% of his salary.

So how did Superintendent Cunningham manage to take $281k out of a financially struggling small school district in 2016, bumping up his pension in the process? How did this happen? That’s a good question.

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