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CUSD Hires Second Chief Finance Officer in As Many Months

After the first candidate accepted then rejected the school district's offer, an executive from Westminster steps up to the plate.

The just hired its second head of finance in as many months.

After a Pasadena Unified administrator , the district said Friday it had offered the post to Clark Hampton, assistant superintendent of business services from the Westminster School District.

He starts as deputy superintendent for Capo on May 1, smack in the middle of budget planning for the 2012-13 school year. 

CUSD is facing one of its worst budget crises in years, .

The hiring follows an offer made to John Pappalardo, chief financial officer for Pasadena-area schools, who first accepted and then declined CUSD’s offer. The contract called for him to make $198,000 but could be subject to cutbacks other administrators may take for the 2012-13 school year.

Hampton's salary is set at $191,000 and, according to the contract, may be pared back as early as July 1.

“The base salary shall be adjusted to reflect any cost-of-living increases or decreases given to other members of the Capistrano Unified Management Association (CUMA), anytime [sic] after June 30,” the contract reads.

Hampton has been with Westminster since 2007 and previously worked as chief financial officer for the Cal State San Marcos Foundation and University Corp., chief business officer for the Jamul-Dulzura Union School District in San Diego County, controller and risk manager for United States International University and director of studio finance for Paramount Pictures in Hollywood.

Hampton earned his master's of business administration from Cal State Northridge and his undergraduate degree in finance from Southern Illinois University

“Clark is a great addition to our senior administrative team,” Superintendent Joe Farley said in a news release. “His diverse public and private sector experience will be invaluable as we find solutions to our fiscal challenges while moving this district from great to extraordinary.”

The Westminster School District serves 10,000 students in 13 elementary schools and three middle schools and is facing a possible $8.5-million shortfall in the coming year, according to the Garden Grove Journal.

It plans no teacher layoffs and has a budget of about $75 million, according to its website.

By comparison, Capo Unified has a $372-million budget this year and has sent .

Capo Parent April 07, 2012 at 10:34 PM
JG I didn't tell anyone not to listen to you (though it would be hard to listen to you on a blog). I just pointed out my opinion of you. You're a former teacher and apparently a former member of CUEA who gets a gov't back pension (which I am sure you earned). You are consistently pro-union and pro-CUSD, and that's your right. Conversely, I have the right to offer my opinions.
Ken Lopez April 09, 2012 at 04:07 AM
I've known Clark Hampton for some time now. I've found him to be a very pleasant individual. I send him every good wish as he joins the CUSD team.
OC Mom April 10, 2012 at 02:38 AM
Randy, In Laguna Beach Unified there is a HS Drama teacher making $178K a year. He teaches some drama classes over at the Middle School too that bumps his salary up to that, but the fact that he makes a few thousand more than the Governor of CA for 180 days or so of work shines a light on what is wrong in this state. There are city employees making $200k to $300K a year in some cities as well. This isn't sustainable. What happened to public servants? I wish Mr. Hampton well in CUSD. I pray that God will grant him wisdom and knowledge to figure out how to run our district as efficiently as possible. I'm hoping that he'll figure out a way to keep as much money in the classroom as possible, while eliminating any remaining non essentials.
OC Graduate April 30, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Instead of labeling Mr. Hampton as a "poor sucker" and discrediting his abilities before his official start date, don't you think it would be better to have some faith in your district's leaders? They are all working hard under difficult economic times to help provide your kid(s) with a solid education. Your negativities are unwarranted and counterproductive to the strong efforts being put forth by caring administrators and teachers to save Capo Unified.
randy April 30, 2012 at 06:23 PM
OCGraduate. I hope the district leaders will not lay off anyone, not increasing class sizes, and not leaving kids behind in the classrooms and outside on campus. Kids need more adult supervision and strong education and positive character in them. The district management has many staff members and it would be nice to send all of them to supervise kids outside the classrooms (cafe, hallways, restrooms, bleachers area, etc.) on a daily basis. Teachers need preparation and time to convey and assess their student work without interruption. From what I recently learned in past discussions relating CUSD, I started to realize they are doing something else rather than doing simple tasks - working and be around with kids. This is why massive layoffs or getting waivers being unacceptable at this point. Kids deserve the best. What we need is a hero who can stop this dysfunctional government and make a simple demand in Sacto - sending more allocation funds directly to schools/classrooms. Make it priority.

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