The district's heavy hitters

Gary Moskowitz

BURBANK -- There are 21 top ranking school officials and principals in

the Burbank Unified School District who are worth more than $100,000,

based on total compensation figures in the district's 2001-02 proposed


Total compensation figures for the more than 2,000 full-time district

employees include salary, retirement, Social Security, Medicare, state

unemployment insurance, workers' compensation insurance, health and

welfare benefits.

Total compensation of the top ranking school official, Supt. David

Aponik, has gone up about 42% since 1996. Aponik, whose total

compensation is $184,696 this year, made about $130,000 in 1996.

In addition to salaries, benefit packages contribute significantly to

the total compensation of school district employees. Although a

principal's annual salary in the district averages about $90,000, benefit

packages raise their total compensation to more than $100,000.

"The benefits totals are not money they see. That is cost, not all

salary," said Richard Canady, interim chief business officer.

In addition, coaching assignments, department chair assignments,

after-school and summer school positions are factors that can contribute

to additional money to an educator's annual income.

Canady said school district salaries come from four sources of

revenue: revenue limit, state funding, federal funding and local funding.

Revenue-limit funding for the Burbank school district is determined by

the state. The amount of revenue gained from local property taxes and

state revenue varies between districts statewide, Canady said.

State revenue generated is determined on an as-needs basis from

special education, school improvement programs, home-to-school

transportation and textbook money, among others, Canady said.

Federal revenue is all restricted money that is generated from

vocational education, emergency immigrant funds and migrant education.

Local funding is the interest generated from district funds held in

the county treasury and other revenues from things like the rental of

school facilities, Canady said.

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