Education Dollars Spent for Cars for Top School Officials

School district superintendents and top administrators in the Sacramento area are getting thousands of dollars for car allowances, according to an investigation by The Sacramento Bee.

Observers believe it is not unlikely that such car allowances are common throughout California school districts.

According to The Bee, San Juan Superintendent Pat Jaurequi (who is retiring in August) is paid $1,000 per month for travel and incidental expenses. Those benefits have been folded into the administrator's base pay since 2009 and no longer show up as monthly allowances, said Trent Allen, San Juan Unified spokesman.

Sacramento City Unified's Jonathan Raymond pockets $700 a month to cover his expenses, including travel within the county, while each of his seven Cabinet members receives a $400 check each month to cover costs.

Twin Rivers Unified budgets $600 a month for car expenses for Superintendent Frank Porter and the same amount for Deputy Superintendent Ziggy Robeson. The district's five assistant superintendents and two associate superintendents are eligible for $415 a month in auto expenses.

Natomas Unified pays Superintendent Bobbie Plough $470.75 a month for automotive expenses, while each member of her four-person Cabinet gets a bit more – $583.33.

Folsom Cordova Unified Superintendent Debbie Bettencourt takes home $500 to compensate for auto expenses, while her two assistant superintendents each receive $200 a month.

Almost all of these car allowances now exceed the new level of car allowance – $300 a month – allowed state legislators, effective later this year. (Source: The Sacramento Bee, April 22.)

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