L.A. school won’t explain mystery $782,000 payout to former superintendent

L.A. school won’t explain mystery $782,000 payout to former superintendent

[Ed. – In California, they don’t need no stinking laws.]

Scandal-plagued Montebello Unified School District made a nearly $800,000 payout to its former superintendent in 2017, documents show, but the district won’t explain why.

In response to a request for records documenting the wages paid to its employees for the 2017 year, Montebello Unified provided a report that indicated the school paid $782,073 to former superintendent Susanna Contreras Smith.

That amount would make Ms. Contreras Smith by far the highest paid K-12 employee statewide, according to a survey of nearly 700,000 employee pay records posted on TransparentCalifornia.com.

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But even stranger than the size of the payment is the timing. A Los Angeles Times reportstates that Ms. Contreras Smith was fired in November 2016, and filed what would ultimately be a successful whistleblower lawsuit against the district in July 2017.

So why did the school make such a large payout to someone who was no longer on the payroll?

That’s not something the public has a right to know, according to school administrator and de facto public records officer Jose Suarez.

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