Newly appointed Burbank Unified Supt. Jan Britz will earn a starting salary of $185,250, nearly $50,000 less than that of her predecessor, according to the terms of her contract released by the district this week.
The Burbank Unified school board announced on May 25 that Britz, previously assistant superintendent of instructional services, would replace outgoing Stan Carrizosa.
Carrizosa was hired by the district in 2010 with a starting salary of $235,000. At the time, the school board took heat for what some considered excessively high compensation, said President Debbie Kukta. But Carrizosa brought with him years of experience as a superintendent, she said.
“We were really criticized for Stan’s salary because it was significantly more than Kevin Jolly’s and Greg Bowman’s,” Kukta said, referring to two proceeding superintendents. “But you kind of pay for what you get, and superintendent salaries are very competitive.”
Britz, on the other hand, is not yet a proven superintendent, Kukta said.