The new superintendent of the Clark County School District will be making $320,000, about $40,000 above his predecessor.
The Board of Trustees approved Jesus Jara's contract 4-3 during Thursday's meeting.
Current superintendent Pat Skorkowsky's salary is about $280,788. The Board of Trustees voted back in February to raise the salary of the superintendent hire to $320,000.
Skorkowsky's tenure of superintendent will end June 30 while Jara will begin on June 19. Jara's contract was approved through June 30, 2021.
A key difference between their contracts, besides the pay, is Jara has a clause in his contract to be in charge of hiring, fire and reassigning personnel.
The health insurance will remain the same where CCSD pays the superintendent's premium but both are responsible for dependents.
Jara, like Skorkowsky, will get a $700 per month stipend for private vehicle expenses. They get reimbursed up to $600 per month for participating in community affairs.
Professional dues and costs for local and state meetings are allocated at $4,000 per year.
Jara could also get a performance bonus of 5 percent and will receive $10,000 in moving expenses.
Now that Jara's contract has been approved, how does his salary compare the rest of the largest districts nationwide? CCSD is the fifth largest and here are the top 4.
- New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza makes $345,000 a year, up from the previous chancellor's pay of $234,500, according to the New York Daily News.
- Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King earns $350,000 a year, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
- Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer Janice K. Jackson makes $260,000 a year, according to a database provided on the district's website. The district is organized differently than other large ones and also includes 13 networks with chief of schools for each. Most make between $150,000 to $160,000.
- Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho earns $352,874 a year. In 2018, he was selected to lead New York City's schools, where he would have made $353,000, according to the New York Times. He later turned it down, according to the Miami Herald.
What about Jara's previous district? Orange County (Florida) Public Schools Superintendent Barbara Jenkins makes $310,000, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The district is the nation's ninth largest.