LAWNDALE (CBS/AP) — The revelation that the superintendent of a tiny Southern California school district earned more than President Barack Obama last year sparked calls Tuesday for his resignation, a criminal investigation and a recall of the school board.
An angry crowd showed up at a special meeting of the Centinela Valley Union High School District Tuesday night after a newspaper investigation revealed Superintendent Jose Fernandez’s total compensation package. Many of the speakers called on Fernandez and the five board members to step down.READ MORE: Palisades Fire: Hundreds Under Evacuation, 1 Detained For Questioning In Arson Investigation
Fernandez’s total compensation in 2013 was $663,000 for running a district of three high schools with about 6,500 students in the working-class suburbs of Hawthorne and Lawndale. In comparison, Obama’s overall compensation package, which included salary, benefits and other perks, amounts to $569,000 annually.
Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy, who oversees the nation’s second-largest school district, had a nearly $390,000 compensation package.READ MORE: Israel Continues Air Assault On Gaza Strip, Almost 200 Palestinians Killed
Fernandez asserted at Tuesday night’s meeting that school conditions have improved and the once-insolvent district has reached financial stability since he became superintendent in 2008.
“The facilities here were, my God, some of them were similar to the situation in Haiti,” he said.
Several angry parents and teachers spoke at the meeting, including one unidentified man who called for a special recall election of the entire board and a criminal investigation for breach of fiduciary duty.MORE NEWS: Man Shot, Killed Outside Hacienda Heights Gas Station
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