An estimated 400 teachers packed the regular meeting of the Long Beach Board of Education on Monday to protest stalled contract negotiations with the district.
They also criticized the $90,000 salary the board will pay its recently hired superintendent, E. Tom Giugni. His district includes Catalina.
Giugni, head of the Sacramento City Unified School District, was appointed at a special board meeting last Thursday. His four-year contract, effective Feb. 1, calls for an annual salary of $90,000. Giugni currently makes $70,000 a year. Francis Laufenberg, the Long Beach superintendent who retired in July, earned about $77,000.
District officials have justified Giugni's salary as comparable to that paid the superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District, which is about the same size, and by explaining that it represents financial compensation for benefits Giugni will lose by coming to Long Beach.