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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

SMMUSD Super’s New Salary Set at $230,000 Annually

• Well Above Statewide Average

BY JULIE FULMER WALLACH

Sandra Lyon, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s incoming superintendent, will earn $230,000 per academic year, plus benefits. An academic year consists of 222 days of a calendar year.
According to the proposed contract, Lyon will receive $900 per month for a cell phone allowance; 24 days paid vacation; relocation allowance of $12,000; and a coach for her first year at the district, to be hired by Lyon. Lyon comes to SMMUSD from Palmdale Unified School District where she serves as chief leadership officer. Prior to her employment in Palmdale, Lyon was superintendent of the one-school Hughes-Elizabeth Lakes Union School District, where it was reported that her starting salary was $110,000 per year at the 400-student district. SMMUSD has 11,600 students and 1500 certificated and classified employees.
Statewide, the average salary for a superintendent in a large district with an average daily attendance of 5000 or more students is $198,563, according to California Department of Education data. By comparison, a beginning teacher in a large school district earns, on average, $42,810 annually.
Lyon’s proposed contract will be brought in front of the board at the upcoming meeting this Thursday, May 19 at 6 p.m., District Administrative Offices, 1651 Sixteenth Street, Santa Monica. Public comments will be heard at the meeting.

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