BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s new state education superintendent will receive a $285,000 salary, under a pay plan approved Tuesday by state lawmakers.
Cade Brumley, who has worked as superintendent of Jefferson Parish schools, was chosen last week by the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to oversee public schools statewide.
Brumley still needs Senate confirmation for the job, which will be considered over the next week.
His pay package was approved without objection by the joint House and Senate budget committee, under a four-year contract effective June 8. Brumley also will get a one-time $5,000 payment for moving expenses, and he’ll have use of a state vehicle for work, according to information the education board sent to lawmakers.
He’s eligible for annual 3% pay hikes if he receives a positive evaluation from the education board.
Brumley’s starting salary will exceed the $275,000 salary paid to John White, who left the state education superintendent’s position in March after eight years in the job. Education board President Sandy Holloway said Brumley has more educational training and experience than White had when he took the superintendent’s job.
Brumley won the support of eight members of the 11-member Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, including Gov. John Bel Edwards’ three appointees to the K-12 education board.
Louisiana’s education superintendent oversees and sets policies governing more than 700,000 public school students across the state and will guide decisions about whether and how to reopen schools in the fall amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Brumley worked as Jefferson Parish superintendent since 2018. The former history teacher and school principal previously worked as superintendent of the DeSoto Parish School System.