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Fired: South Bay Superintendent Unanimously Voted Out

 

LAWNDALE (CNS) - The Centinela Valley Unified School District Board of Education voted unanimously today to fire Superintendent Jose Fernandez, responding to reports that his compensation last year exceeded $663,000.  

In February, it came to light that even though Fernandez's base salary amounted to around $271,000, his contract was so loaded with perks he amassed more than $663,000 in total compensation last year, the Daily Breeze reported.  

Fernandez's total compensation in 2013 surpassed the comparable compensation of Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy and President Barack Obama, according to the Daily Breeze.  

That figure did not include the roughly $100,000 a year the district was paying for his two premium life-insurance policies, thereby bumping up his total compensation last year to $763,000, the Daily Breeze reported.  

Fernandez's employment contract also entitled him to an annual 9 percent raise, and enabled him to take a $910,000 low-interest loan from the district to purchase a home in LaderaHeights, according to the Daily Breeze.  

The terms of the contract were approved by the school board in late 2009, the Daily Breeze reported, citing district documents.  

The district consists of three comprehensive high schools -- Hawthorne, Lawndale and Leuzinger -- a continuation high school, R.K. Lloyde, and the  CentinelaValleyAdultSchool.

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