Three new administrative positions, each fetching salaries over $122,000, will soon be added to Fresno Unified’s payroll.
One of the new jobs, called senior executive, carries a $136,409 starting salary, while the other two positions, instructional superintendent for school leadership and instructional superintendent for curriculum, will each start at $122,921. School board trustees voted to approve the new jobs at their meeting on Wednesday.
The additions add an extra level to the district’s career ladder, district spokeswoman Micheline Golden said. Each of the jobs falls one step below the cabinet level, which is composed of the district’s top administrators, like the chief academic officer and chief executive.
The board voted in closed session to promote three employees to instructional superintendent level jobs. They also voted to promote Kim Mecum, associate superintendent for human resources, to chief academic officer.
Golden said the positions will help keep Fresno Unified competitive among other central San Joaquin Valley school districts.
“The reason they’re being put in place is to create both a career ladder and competitive salaries that put us in line with our neighboring districts,” she said.
Clovis Unified’s salary schedule shows comparable job positions earn between $121,192 and $147,310.
The board also voted to convert some associate superintendent jobs to “chief” positions, which means the people in those jobs can now negotiate their salaries instead of gradually earning raises by moving up an established salary schedule. The heads of operations, technology, and equity and access will now be called “chiefs” of their respective departments.