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Incoming L.A. Unified chief to take lower pay

March 26, 2011 |  6:40 pm

Incoming Los Angeles schools Supt. John Deasy told the school board Saturday that he wants the district to withhold part of his annual $330,000 salary because of a projected budget shortfall.

In an email, Deasy said he has been meeting with employees to explain potential budget scenarios.  Last month, the board approved sending preliminary layoff notices to almost 7,000 teachers.

“All of our work and plans for restoration are in serious peril,” Deasy wrote. “This is remarkably painful and emotional. As such, given our current circumstances, at this time I respectfully will not accept the salary offered in your contract.”

Deasy will not forgo his entire salary and will instead take a pay cut to the $275,000 he earned when serving as deputy superintendent.  The $55,000 cut represents a nearly 17% reduction.

“I will instruct payroll to hold the difference between my current salary as deputy superintendent and that of the superintendent,” he wrote.

It does not appear that the board would have to approve the reduction.

A.J. Duffy, president of the teachers union, said: “Bravo John, you did the right thing.”

-- Jason Song