Answer: The increase in the Superintendent's salary was not a cost of living increase. It was an attempt to bring our superintendent into a position approaching parity with his peers.
In sharp contrast to a misleading statement, I can prove that our superintendent is one of the lowest paid in the state. Whether indexed by median household income, the percentage of families living in poverty, or by cost per pupil (salary/enrollment) B-P pays less than almost every district in NY. When these indexes are taken together, B-P gets a better bargain than 98 percent of all districts in the state and better than 94 percent of schools in our area.
All this and Broadalbin-Perth has the highest graduation rate of the HFM-BOCES districts.
Please come to the next BOE meeting April 25th at 6:45PM at the high school media center and I'll show you the data. If you'd like to have the data files themselves please contact the Board at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will email them to you. If you have other measures which are more valid then please offer them and I'm certain the board would be interested.
Here are the sources for the data I used:
- From The National Center for Education Statistics School District Demographic System, "American Community Survey": http://nces.ed.gov/surveys/sdds/acs09/acsdownload.aspx
- From The New York State Dept. of Education, "New York State School Administrator Salary Disclosure": http://www.p12.nysed.gov/mgtserv/admincomp/
- From The New York State Dept. of Education, "The New York State School Report Card": http://www.p12.nysed.gov/irs/reportcard/
- From The Empire Center for NY State Policy, "SeeThroughNY": http://www.seethroughny.net/BenchmarkingNY/tabid/98/Default.aspx
-answered by Ed Szumowski, Board of Education Vice President