Study Committee Looks Into Superintendent Salary

Committee looks into balance between fiscal responsibility and competitive leadership.

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The 2011 legislative session focused on teachers, but lawmakers have not forgotten school administrators.

Indiana legislators are looking into whether the salaries of school superintendents should be more tightly controlled by the General Assembly.

Superintendent contracts and performance was a topic of discussion in the most recent legislative session, but no agreement could be reached on the best course of action, prompting a summer study committee to examine the issue.  Auburn Senator Dennis Kruse says he takes issue with the average school superintendent salary – roughly 110 to 115 thousand dollars a year – being higher than the salary of the state superintendent:

“So why would individual corporations think their one superintendent ought to get more money than the state superintendent gets?” says Kruse.

But State Department of Education Senior Advisor Dennis Brooks says local school corporations need the flexibility to set salaries:

“Capping superintendent salaries we believe would inhibit locals’ ability to compete and provide their schools the leadership they need to be successful.” says Brooks.

The committee will continue to study the issue throughout the summer.

 

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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