A couple of weeks ago I asked the Glendale Unified School District to provide me with a copy of incoming Supt. Dick Sheehan's new employment contract. Sheehan replaces retiring Supt. Michael Escalante on July 1. I recently received the contract and was disappointed to read that the Board of Education voted to pay Sheehan $240,000 per year.
In a column in February, I pointed out that Escalante's salary of $297,000 is more than the $250,000 that Los Angeles Unified School District Supt. Ramon Cortines is paid, and also more than the salaries of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa ($227,000); the vice president of the United States ($221,100); members of the U.S. Senate or House of Representatives ($174,000); members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors ($150,000); or the Los Angeles City Council ($149,000).
With the exception of Cortines, Sheehan's salary still exceeds all of these positions and is a 32% increase from his approximately $182,000 salary as deputy superintendent.