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