The Newport-Mesa Unified School District pays the lowest teacher salaries of any unified school district in Orange County, according to a report presented Tuesday by a six-member task force.
At the school board's regular meeting, with more than 100 attendees packing the boardroom, teachers union President Jim Rogers and assistant superintendent of human resources Elizabeth Novack shared the findings of a countywide investigation. Their figures showed that Newport-Mesa's average annual salary was $64,292, the lowest of Orange County's 12 unified school districts.
The Laguna Beach Unified School District posted the highest annual salary, with an average of $78,988. Newport-Mesa's average daily salary of $345 was also the lowest in the county. The district placed second to last in total compensation, which included salary and benefits, finishing ahead of Tustin Unified.