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: Strike Averted: IATSE And AMPTP Have 'Basic Contract' Agreement, Per Officials With The Theatrical Stage Employees Union
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: Taylor's Blunder, Other Missed Chances Put LA In NLCS Hole
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: Karen Bass Officially Kicks Off Her Run For Mayor Of Los Angeles At Saturday Event
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