Farmington School Superintendent's Salary Above Average for State

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 Farmington, School Superintendent Kathleen Greider earns $193,892 base salary for the period between July 30, 2012 and June 30, 2013, according to her contract. The Board of Education also reimburses her up to $14,057 for contributions into the Teacher Retirement for 2012-13, as well as a 403 (b) contibution for $8,087. The report puts Greider's salary at $216,036, with some benefits included. The employment period in Greider's contract is through 2015, with the salary renegotiated each year at equal or higher amount than the previous year, though the superintendent may choose to decrease her salary. The contract also entitles her to 20 sick days and 25 vacation days exclusive of legal holidays.  

Greg Tomb January 02, 2013 at 10:24 PM
a worker January 03, 2013 at 02:09 AM
That's nothing... What about the overpaid superintendent at Utica Community Schools In Sterling Heights Michigan. She brings home more than 300,000 dollars per year. Talk about over paid . That kind of salary is ridiculous. At 1 of the board meetings the administration was asked why they never took a pay cut rather than laying off their entire support staff. Their answer.... we did take a paycut we haven't had a raise in several years. Plus we now have to pay 20 percent of our health care. Do they really believe that constitutes a pay cut? Their support staff lost their jobs because of the greed of the administration at Utica Community Schools. Failed leadership at its finest. It's time for a change it's time for a recall. (As for me...I' doing well)
Deborah Netto January 03, 2013 at 01:14 PM
These people do not even teach any classes and have multiple asst principals as well. A disgrace.
ROHRSHACK January 03, 2013 at 05:43 PM
I am a past school administrator. My comment is you get what you pay for. Our children are our biggest resource so they should not be short changed. I believe that great teachers and administrators should be well paid. The problem is that poor teachers and administrators are also well paid. We need to hold on to great ones and terminate the poor ones and there lies the dilemma!! I propose to allow the students an opportunity to rate teachers and administrtors as part of an evaluation procedure. They are the best to judge effectiveness of school personnel.


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