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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 06, 2012 at 10:02 PM
Poor sucker, he has no idea of what he is really getting into. Now, if he could only turn debt into dollars.
Pam Sunderman April 06, 2012 at 10:12 PM
Capo Parent, what a sad way of commenting on this story. I'm sure he has a very good idea of what he faces. It would, of course, be facilitated by people who are looking for solutions rather than scapegoats. Isn't it great that they were able to find a well qualified (by the looks of his resume, which is in the board agenda for the meeting this week) candidate who accepted a very generous offer with the unfortunate provision that he is subject to the same cuts as any classified or certificated employee? The sky did not fall when the other candidate elected not to accept the position. As a matter of fact, less than a week passed before he was replaced.
randy April 06, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Let's see what will happen. Assured that he knows that Capo is sinking fast, and his idea must be strong enough to keep the district and his job. 399ers are going to wonder.
Capo mom April 06, 2012 at 10:54 PM
I am sure there was a second, third, fourth and even fifth choice behind Pappalardo. Let hope Hampton was #2 or 3. Well qualified might be a bit of a stretch. His most recent experience is with a district of 10,000 students with no high schools. In fact it doesn't appear that he has any experience in a district with high schools. Given that CUSD has several complicated high school construction projects underway, someone with relevant experience would have been preferable. But the district can pick up that slack by hiring the appropriate consultants (more $$$). Still beggars can't be chosers. He is local so he won't have to move to commit and he does fit the unions' requirement in terms of being willing to face a pay cut. How inspiring! Makes me wonder what he was making at Westminister. I wish him luck, truly. We need it.
Capo mom April 06, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Nice gig, Clark. CUSD only had to bump his current salary about 20% to get him to take the leap. So even if he takes a 10% cut, his situation is quite nicely improved at CUSD. HAMPTON, CLARK DURHAM ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT BUSINESS SERVICES WESTMINSTER Work site/Department BUSINESS SERVICES 2010-11 pay $156,826.80 Pay rank in district 2 Employed in 2009-10? YES 2009-10 pay $156,219.97 Employee details District-reported pay 2010-11 $159,318.12 Salary schedule AS3 Salary step 06 Salary range or column 01 Full time status FULL TIME Service years 4 Hire date 7/1/2007 District payroll details Total payroll $55,077,606.82 Staff 1,872 Enrollment 9,725 Average pay per student $5,663.51
Pam Sunderman April 07, 2012 at 02:17 AM
I thought you're position was that you need to pay a higher salary (as well as guarantee exemption for any cuts no matter what happens financially in the district) for this position because of the critical nature of the responsibilities. Why was the previous choice so much more worthy of higher pay (higher even than the new candidate is being offered)? Since Mr. Hampton will be working with a larger student population wouldn't you expect him to earn more than at his most recent district? And with his wealth of experience in the glorified private sector I would think you would also be pleased with this choice. You are all over the map on this one. I really believe that your only motivation is to criticize CUSD...no matter what they do. Which is puzzling to me since you now feel your children are in the right school and doing well. Why must you put down other schools in order to feel better about your own? How about listing the qualifications you would find acceptable?
Capo mom April 07, 2012 at 01:59 PM
jollygirl, try be analytical for a change. I haven't been critical of the choice, I am merely examining it. On the plus side we have someone with experience (though somewhat limited experience) to fill the position. SInce he is receiving a 20%+ increase in pay over since previous position, he can afford to take the cuts that the unions demand. I am betting that calculation was worked out carefully on both sides. That is a win-win, wouldn't you agree? As for his potential shortcomings, CUSD can hire consultants to pick up the slack. I'll bet the $440K a year will stay around to help. Hampton starts May 1, so he has a couple of weeks to get up to speed before the May revise - piece of cake. What's not to like? I wish him well.
Capo Parent April 07, 2012 at 04:17 PM
You're right, I have to look at the good side. We are not aware of any letters from Queens Soderberg or Walen, the defacto rulers of CUSD, complaining about this hiree. WooHoo!
Capo Parent April 07, 2012 at 04:23 PM
The problems with JG is that she is the defacto union spokesperson on this blog, and she touts the union line. The first choice was clearly the better choice, even though he would cost a little more, given his experience and the dire financial straits CUSD is in. Unfortunately, he was not the unions first choice, thus his hire was doomed. Many don't know that Pappalardo agreed to take whatever cuts were imposed next year, he just didn't want to take cuts this year after being on the job less than 60 days. Seems very reasonable except in the eyes of the unions.
Pam Sunderman April 07, 2012 at 04:26 PM
You are very disrespectful to people who work very hard. You may not agree with them, or their job, but they are actually very good people who have the courage of their convictions and are willing to stand up for them publicly...as opposed to those who call names and make unfounded accusations on anonymous comment boards. One of the most distasteful things about the problems in CUSD has been the total abandonment of civility by so many people. Civil discourse is a much more productive way of dealing with tough issues and is a much better example to set for students. Would you be proud to share your posts with your children?
Pam Sunderman April 07, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Replace you're with your.
Pam Sunderman April 07, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Ooorrr...you could hold your analysis until he has been on the job for a while.
Pam Sunderman April 07, 2012 at 05:42 PM
No one wants to take cuts. I was under the impression that you felt they were necessary...except for this man, apparently. Or could it be that no matter what any union member says...you will disagree? I post as myself and represent no view other than my own. I tout my line. Is it just easier to dismiss me by giving me a label? Don't listen to her...she belongs to a union, and therefore, couldn't have anything to add to the conversation. I don't know either of these candidates and neither do you...the only thing you like about the first one is that he changed his mind. Are you sure it was only because of the deletion of the no cuts clause?
randy April 07, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Orrrr...to make it plain and simple: No one should earn more than highest salary teachers make in the district. No overtime gimmicks. Cut all workdays to 180 a year. There are plenty qualified ones out there willing to work. It doesn't make any sense, really. The money is intended to teach kids education and skills, such a reasonable cost of living. Gov. Brown makes approx $175,000 a year for 38 million residents and hundreds, if not thousands, of departments and agecies to oversee.
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 Maddox 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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