Fernandez Owes $256,000 According to Report

Thursday, July 17, 2014 Written by 
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New information about why former Centinela Valley Union High School Superintendent Jose Fernandez was so highly overpaid has begun to surface.  


Fernandez is said to owe up to $256,000 to the school district for overpayment, according to the Daily Breeze.  In addition, Fernandez will also see a big reduction in the amount of money he can draw from his pension.


A new report compiled by the Los Angeles County Office of Education and California Public Employees’ Retirement System was made public this week.  It details why Fernandez's pay was so high.  Some of the findings in the report are:


• He allegedly claimed to have worked on holidays when the county office concluded he probably has not.

• The taxable income on Fernandez’s W-2s was understated by at least $56,000 a year.

• He was paid a $100-a-month bonus for a doctorate degree he did not have.

• He was overpaid by $9,000 for vacation pay because the district used the wrong daily rate.

• He received an annual raise of more than 10 percent a year.


The school board recently voted to fire Fernandez. However, he has 10 days to plead his case once the charges are presented, which could take a couple of weeks.  The process could take another month. 


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