Ontario-Montclair School District

By Grace Wong, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 07/25/14, 9:49 PM PDT |

The superintendent of the Ontario-Montclair School District is one of the most highly compensated superintendents in the state of California, according to data on public schools salaries published this week.

In fact, according to the Transparent California database, James Hammond is the state’s highest paid superintendent. The database, however, includes questionable data for Centinela Valley Union High School District, where former Superintendent Jose Fernandez was paid $663,000 last year.

The database was created by the California Policy Center and includes salaries and benefits from 2012 and 2013 for public employees in California, including everyone from superintendents to electricians to teachers.

According to the database, released July 23, Hammond made $492,076.92, which includes salary and benefits, in 2013. The next highest compensated superintendent is Michael Hanson of Fresno Unified School District, at $430,121.11.

“I’m very humbled and honored to be a superintendent and to work in a community and share a strong dedication to better the lives of kids,” Hammond said Friday. “I’m not in a position to talk comparatively, I can only speak about myself. I’m starting my 11th year as a superintendent and that doesn’t include two years of being an interim superintendent. I’ve had a post doc fellowship, I’ve served in every administrative role, teacher, staff member and I come from a very traditional background as far as serving in every role. Being a superintendent is like a marriage and I really feel like it’s a great fit here.”

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