Board Grants Superintendent King a Two-Year Contract Extension

LOS ANGELES (June 13, 2017) - The Board of Education voted today to grant Superintendent Michelle King a two-year extension to her contract, which will now expire in 2020.

There were no other changes to the contract, which pays the L.A. Unified veteran $350,000 annually.

“I am grateful to the board for its confidence in our ongoing effort to provide a high-quality education so that all of our students are prepared for success when they graduate,” Superintendent King said.

A graduate of L.A. Unified, Dr. King has worked more than three decades on behalf of District students, as a teacher, coordinator and administrator.

She has led district-wide reforms to increase graduation rates, which reached a historic high in 2016. She also has been a champion of programs, such as Restorative Justice, aimed at keeping students in school and improving citizenship.

Dr. King holds a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of California at Los Angeles, a master’s in administration from Pepperdine University and a doctorate in education from the University of Southern California. She also received honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees from Pepperdine and Loyola Marymount University.

She was recently named “Superintendent of the Year” by the National Association of School Superintendents. Her other honors include, "Woman of the Year" by Women On Target, a nonprofit advocacy group supporting leaders in Southern California's African-American community, and "Woman of the Year" by California Assemblyman Sebastian Ridley-Thomas.

“Dr. King’s accomplishments as superintendent demonstrate that L.A. Unified is on the right track and headed toward ‘Destination Graduation,’” said School Board President Steve Zimmer.

“The superintendent has lifted our District to important new heights,” he said. “She has united students, families, employees, labor partners and community partners in setting ambitious priorities that underscore our belief that all students can and will achieve the American dream.”

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