Local school superintendent's $663K compensation sparks outrage

Jose A. Fernandez, superintendent, Centinela Valley High School District
Jose A. Fernandez, superintendent, Centinela Valley High School District Centinela Valley Union High School District

The revelation that the superintendent of a small Southern California school district amassed $663,000 in compensation last year is sparking calls for his resignation and a criminal probe.

KCAL-TV reports a raucous crowd showed up at a special meeting of the Centinela Valley Union High School Tuesday night after a newspaper investigation exposed the scandal.

The Torrance Daily Breeze says Superintendent Jose Fernandez's total compensation package eclipsed the $390,000 salary of John Deasy, the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Deasy oversees the nation's second-largest school district, while Fernandez oversees four schools in suburban Hawthorne and Lawndale.

Fernandez asserted that he has made improvements since he took over the district in 2008.

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