When State Administrator-turned-State Trustee Vincent Matthews leaves the Oakland school district in July to take charge of San Jose Unified, the financially struggling school system could find itself with a $100,000-plus windfall (my estimate — nothing official).
Matthews’ replacement, whoever it is, is likely to be part-time, Hilary McLean, the press secretary for California Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell, told me today.
“Probably at this point, given the stability the superintendent has brought to the district and the progress they’ve made, it’ll probably be more of a half-time position,” McLean said.
The state, which ran the district for six years through three appointees, has required the school district to maintain Matthews’ $240,000 state administrator’s salary even after he moved to the back seat as the veto-holding trustee. (In addition to his base salary, Matthews received $15,000 in “other pay” in the 2009 calendar year, according to a spreadsheet of employee salaries produced by the district. Troy Flint, the district’s spokesman, is looking into what the other pay was for.)
Emery Unified, which emerged from full state control in 2004, has a 1/4-time trustee who earns $30,000 a year. West Contra Costa Unified – which has had a trustee since 1992 (when I was in middle school, to put it in perspective) — pays $67,130 a year for the 1/3-time position, according to McLean. Oakland’s oversight might last even longer; it still had a balance of $78 million as of last July.
You can find a list of districts in receivership and trusteeship, along with their loan information, here.