L.A. Unified board approves contract for Superintendent Michelle King

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 12, 2016) -- The Board of Education today unanimously approved the appointment of Michelle King as the next superintendent, along with a contract that will pay the veteran educator $350,000 annually.

The contract, which runs through June 30, 2018, also provides a District-owned car and driver for Ms. King. There is no buyout clause.

Ms. King has been a teacher and educator in L.A. Unified for her entire 31-year career. She most recently was Chief Deputy Superintendent. She is a product of L.A. Unified, and her three daughters also graduated from District schools.

The announcement of Ms. King’s selection was announced on Monday, culminating a nationwide search for a successor to retiring Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines. She is the first woman in more than 80 years, and the first African-American woman, to head the nation’s second-largest school district.

“Ms. King’s dedication to this District and her commitment to student achievement is second to none,” said School Board President Steve Zimmer. “The Board looks forward to working with her in reaching our goal of academic success for all.”