Superintendent Involved in Contracting Scandal Was Second-Highest Paid K-12 Educator in California

Fresno Unified School District Superintendent Michael Hanson, whose district’s contracting practices reportedly are being investigated by the FBI, was the second-highest paid K-12 educator in California last year, according to data from the State Controller’s Office.

Mr. Hanson was paid $424,617, which included $24,000 in “other pay” (a category that can include overtime, car allowances, meeting stipends, incentive pay and bonus pay) and a $100,000 payment that was part of a 2013 settlement between Mr. Hanson and the district (he had foregone $240,000 in pay from 2008 to 2013, but negotiated to recoup $200,000 as part of a contract renegotiation). His regular salary was $300,617.

The district’s lease-leaseback method of funding school construction, struck down by an appellate court this year (Stephen V. Davis v. Fresno Unified School District, see CalTaxletter of June 5), is under investigation by the FBI amid allegations that the district showed favoritism to a specific construction company.

The highest-paid superintendent was John Deasy, formerly with the Los Angeles Unified School District, who received $442,801 last year. (Source: The Fresno Bee, October 27.)

November 9, 2015

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