Our media partner NBC San Diego picked up on our recent report that the Poway Unified School District’s latest bond deal is currently being audited by the Internal Revenue Service.

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Also, over the weekend, U-T San Diego reported that Poway Unified Superintendent John Collins receives the highest compensation package of all superintendents in the county. Collins netted $386,000 last year — $80,000 more than San Diego Unified Superintendent Bill Kowba, U-T San Diego reports.

Here’s a snippet from the story:

Collins’ base salary is $235,000, the sixth highest among the region’s school chiefs.

The district also pays $38,000 for his medical benefits, the highest of any of the superintendents surveyed; a $2,500 stipend for earning his doctorate degree; and $3,856 contribution to Medicare. The district contributes $21,000 to his retirement and pays the $18,000 bonus for longtime service.

Collins’ contract also includes a clause under which the district makes an annual contribution that he can either cash out or use to purchase additional retirement credits from the state. He chose to cash the contribution out this year, for $67,000.

“Whatever salary he is being paid is approved by the board, so if the board is willing to compensate him to that level, it’s their choice,” said Pedro Garcia, a professor of clinical education at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.

Will Carless is an investigative reporter at Voice of San Diego currently focused on local education. You can reach him at will.carless@voiceofsandiego.org or 619.550.5670.

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Will Carless

Will Carless was formerly the head of investigations at Voice of San Diego.

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