Bonnie R. James, assistant superintendent for administrative services for Pasadena City College, will become deputy business and finance officer of Los Angeles Unified School District for a one-year trial period beginning Aug. 3.
James, 48, was a top contender to become president of PCC during a nationwide search that ended in April when a divided Board of Trustees chose Jack Scott, president of Cypress Community College. Leaders of several black organizations protested the board's action, saying James, a black, should have been chosen.
James, who earns $75,000 at PCC and administers a $61-million annual budget, said his new post will pay $94,000 and the Los Angeles schools' budget is $3.7 billion. He said the one-year trial period is a courtesy given to management and certificated employees during which James will have the opportunity to return to PCC if he chooses to. James was a teacher and administrator for Los Angeles schools for 15 years before joining the PCC staff.