The administrator stepping in for the departing superintendent of the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District will earn more than her current salary, but not as much as the job was paying full time.
Interim Superintendent Leslie Codianne, who first took over the superintendent's position at the Jan. 14 trustee board meeting, will be paid $833.73 per day of service beginning Jan 2.
In her contract, scheduled to be discussed at Tuesday's board meeting, she retains the right to return to her previous job as associate superintendent of student support services.
The interim superintendent salary works out to an increase of $29,968 annually over her current pay, if she remains in the position through June 30.
At $833.73 a day, the yearly salary of the interim superintendent would be $191,769 a year; Shepherd's annual salary was $223,315.
As it's customary in these positions, Codianne will also receive monthly car and business expense allowances totaling $1,300 a month.
The reason Codianne's compensation is being calculated on a daily basis has to do with how long she may be on the job, Board President Curt Parker said.
"We don't know when exactly (the new superintendent) is going to start," he said. "Codianne is not applying, she has no interest, but she's interested in going back to her old job."
District officials are planning to hire their next superintendent by the end of April. At a board meeting last week, trustees approved the timeline and a survey to be distributed among community members asking what qualities they'd like to see in the next top leader.
One of the issues trustees should be considering when hiring Shepherd's replacement is compensation, the consultant hired to lead the search told the trustees.
Wendell Chun, executive director of Education Leadership Services, told trustees how much they wanted to pay the next superintendent could also play a part on the background the candidate has. A current superintendent would likely expect a higher salary than an assistant superintendent or other administrator in a lower rank.
"Your current superintendent salary is at a high level," he said at the meeting.
Claudia Meléndez Salinas can be reached at 753-6755 or firstname.lastname@example.org.