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LAUSD board approves $350,000 contract for Superintendent King

Craig Clough | January 12, 2016

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The LA MichelleKingPeevedUnified school board today unanimously approved a $350,000 annual contract for the district’s new superintendent Michelle King.

The contract runs through June 30 of 2018, provides a district-owned car and driver for King and does not include a buyout clause.

The deal is $50,000 more annually than her predecessor, Ramon Cortines, received, and the same annual salary that John Deasy received during his final contract, although Deasy collected a total of $440,000 in 2014 when payout for his vacation days were included, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. King’s salary in 2014 was $282,792.

Deasy resigned in October of 2014 and was replaced by Cortines, who came out of retirement after having previously led the district twice before. King served as deputy to both Deasy and Cortines.

The 54-year-old King becomes the first black female to ever run LAUSD and the first woman at the helm of the district since 1929. She has worked for the district for 31 years in a variety of roles, including as a teacher, principal and top administrator.

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