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New Seattle Superintendent Jose Banda would make $270,000 per year, according to a contract to be voted on tomorrow night by the School Board.

The three-year pact also includes an annuity of $22,000 and a $700 monthly allowance for vehicle expenses, in addition to other benefits.

The $270,000 base salary, $6,000 more than what former Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson made, is higher than expected. School Board members had initially said they were hoping to pay the new schools chief about $225,000, the amount that Interim Superintendent Susan Enfield made.

By comparison, Mayor Mike McGinn’s salary this year is about $160,000, according to his office. Police Chief John Diaz makes about $185,000.

However, while Banda’s amount is higher than superintendent salaries in other Washington school districts, it is not significantly higher than what most urban superintendents are paid.

Banda currently makes about $230,000 as head of the Anaheim (Calif.) City School District.

He was selected from among 42 applicants to replace Enfield, who is leaving to become superintendent in the Highline School District,  where she will make $220,000. Goodloe-Johnson was fired after a financial scandal in March 2011.

The School Board is expected to approve the contract unanimously.