School board to vote on interim superintendent contract

The Newport-Mesa Unified school board plans to vote Tuesday on a contract that will give the interim superintendent an estimated $22,100 a month to cover his salary, mileage and housing costs.

Rob Barbot's proposed contract includes $960 a day in compensation, $500 a month for mileage and an estimated $2,400 a month for temporary housing, according to the agenda.

The contract calls for Barbot to waive vacation, sick leave and health benefits.

Barbot, a former Newport-Mesa Unified schools chief who now lives in Northern California, will start Feb. 23 and help lead the six-month search to find a permanent superintendent, according to terms of the contract.

The contract runs through July 31. District officials hope to find a permanent replacement by July 1.

The school board's legal counsel, Spencer Covert, negotiated the contract with Barbot, according to the agenda.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Roderick H. MacMillian Board Room at the District Education Center, 2985 Bear St., Costa Mesa. To see the full agenda visit

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