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Connecticut School Superintendents Get High Pay and Perks

Some school leaders make more than $200,000 annually and get monthly allotments to interact with their communities.

Besides their hefty six-figure salaries, Connecticut school superintendents also command enviable perks and bonuses, according to a report in the New Haven Register.

Along with its sister news organizations, including the Middletown Press and the Litchfield County Times, the Register found that the average pay for school superintendents in Connecticut is $166,000 and that they can significantly boost that pay with other negotiated perks and benefits, including compensation for unused sick time, meal allowances, travel pay and bonuses.

The Register included in its story a database of its review of the pay of 148 superintendents, along with links to their contracts.

Some school superintendents earn more than $200,000 annually and get tens of thousands more each year in perks, the newspapers found. Many also get generous benefit packages that include up to a month of vacation time and several weeks of sick time that can be accrued and then paid out if unused.

While the average annual pay for a school superintendent in Connecticut is $166,000, many school leaders make more than that, the report states. In West Hartford, for instance, Superintendent Karen List makes $230,000 annually with a tax-sheltered annuity included. That makes her the 14th highest paid superintendent in Connecticut.

In Fairfield, School Superintendent Dr. David Title earns $264,500 annually, according to the report.

John Smith January 02, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Gee, and why is the state of CT going belly up? Duh.
Brian January 02, 2013 at 05:55 PM
@John, not in defense of the salaries they earn but I don't think the state has its finger in your local salary. Communities/local boards of ed. need to feel that dollars equal best available candidates. Never having been in on the hiring, maybe they do. What's more interesting (and expensive) are the numerous assistant superintendents/high level administrators on the payroll. In larger communities, I guess they serve a need. Smaller communities (with much smaller enrollments), I believe, could be a different story.
Ignatius Reilly January 02, 2013 at 09:34 PM
I think there is a conversation required regarding the salary differences between the Superintendents and Teachers in the districts. In my opinion the Super should be paid less (marginally) and the teachers more. And regarding the posting of contracts, we are no longer in an age where privacy is assumed, or expected. I have no problem with the news source posting public information.
Chuckie Prince January 02, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Much of the education budget sniping comes from those who have already gotten theirs in these highly leveraged, robber baron industries.
R. Ludlowe January 02, 2013 at 10:31 PM
If you work for a public/govt. organization, like the municipal government or an education system, then your salaries are public. That's how it is. Just like police reports and real estate transactions, they are all public knowledge. You dont see teachers or superintendents complaining about it, do you?
Robert January 03, 2013 at 04:54 AM
I think it's disgusting on what these Superintendents get. To pay over $200,000. should put into schools budget. My Taxes to pay someone this amout is an outrage!
Brian January 03, 2013 at 12:15 PM
@Robert: Even midnight posts' rants deserve a quick proof.
R. Ludlowe January 03, 2013 at 02:13 PM
@Robert: So what exactly is your solution? We hire someone without any experience and pay them $50K to do the job? How about we have NO superintendant at all and just hope that mob-rule works? I see a whole lotta whining about this--with no actual constructive arguments. Its a thankless job. IMO Title and all of his peers deserve every cent. In no way does this mean that teachers shouldnt get paid more--that's where the real crime is in this situation.
Robert January 03, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Nobody deserves that Much. Here we go with From One Extreme to another. I guess You must like Paying High Taxes R. Ludlowe? Maybe You should look up at What Mr. Title got for Bonus when he got hired? Don't forget the Pay Raise he just gave himself. You can Find Somebody for alot less money with certainly more than enough experience for that position. Don't say You can't, Thats the Problem with Fairfield, people making stupid decisions. It sounds like You didn't grow up in this town. As far as No Superintendent, and having a Mob - rule Work?? Isn't that why we have a Board of Education? Maybe Mr. Title should give half of his Salary up and put it back in the Schools for up keep! These Salaries should be posted, There working for us the Tax payers!
R. Ludlowe January 03, 2013 at 07:15 PM
@Robert: Your ignorance is alarming, yet I am still intrigued. Perhaps even ... entertained. Please continue. I'd love to hear more about where I grew up and how that figures into the Superintendent's salary.

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