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Central Unified Superintendent Andrew Alvarado’s annual salary is climbing to $210,120 after the school board voted 6-1 Tuesday to approve employment agreements for Alvarado and the district’s assistant superintendents.
Alvarado and the assistant superintendents will receive the same raises approved earlier this year for district teachers and other staff — a 3% increase retroactive to July 1, 2018, and a 2% pay hike retroactive to July 1, 2019.

Board member Yesenia Carrillo, who cast the lone dissenting votes on the two employment agreements, said she voted in favor of raises for the district’s rank-and-file employees but could not agree to similar pay hikes for the top administrators because of the district’s struggles to improve academic performance.
Carrillo said she supports Alvarado and his administration but could not vote for the salary increases “when there’s still room for improvement and growth in our district.”

Alvarado Contract Extended

The employment agreement extends Alvarado’s contract through June 30, 2022. The superintendent’s compensation package includes health and welfare benefits similar to other district managers, a $600 monthly vehicle allowance, 23 days of paid vacation, and paid dues for membership in the Association of California School Administrators, the California Association of Latino School Administrators and local professional or civic organizations “that maintain and improve the Superintendent’s professional skills or help fulfill the Board’s expectations of the Superintendent’s community involvement.”
The employment agreement for Assistant Superintendents Jack Kelejian and Ketti Davis raises their annual salaries to $171,320.17 and provides them with health and welfare benefits, 23 days of paid vacation and a $150 monthly vehicle allowance, among other benefits.

Nancy Price is a multimedia journalist for GV Wire. A longtime reporter and editor who has worked for newspapers in California, Florida, Alaska, Illinois and Kansas, Nancy joined GV Wire in July 2019. She previously worked as an assistant metro editor for 13 years at The Fresno Bee. Nancy earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Her hobbies include singing with the Fresno Master Chorale and volunteering with Fresno Filmworks. You can reach Nancy at 559-492-4087 or Send an Email