Issues with shared superintendency

From the School Superintendent Association:

– Districts could differ in their legal requirements for voting or debt limits, and they definitely will have separate sets of board policies that potentially conflict on staffing matters, student field trips and use of student photos.

– The real issue was the fatigue and burnout caused by the daily or weekly transition between districts. Superintendents who lead more than one district reported feeling worn out from constant travel and feeling overwhelmed with paperwork.

– Superintendents do not want to risk working part time for one district if the relationship with the other district terminates earlier than expected.

By Michele Handzel. Michele Handzel is a school attorney with Capital Region BOCES in Albany, N.Y.


Superintendents freezing their salary

A number of superintendents are self-imposing compensation caps by declining raises or freezing their salary.

Among them have been Ticonderoga Central School Superintendent John McDonald, whose pay, $131,000, was the same for the 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years according to See Through NY; and Saranac Central’s top administrator, Kenneth Cringle, whose annual $114,174 didn’t change for those three years either.

Dale Breault Jr., superintendent at Chateaugay Central School, was paid $109,242 both in 2010-11 and 2011-12, and Beekmantown Central’s Scott Amo didn’t see a raise those years, either; his pay was $165,407.

A 2012-13 survey by the Council of School Superintendents found that 45 percent of the state’s school superintendents accepted salary freezes, compared to 35 percent of teachers’ unions.

And 79 percent of superintendents reported they had done that at least once in the past three years.

“The state average superintendent salary has been about flat for three years,” Lowry said. “Our sense is superintendents, on average, are taking smaller raises and freezing their pay.

“And when a school board (that is) looking for a new superintendent hires someone, they’re paying less than they were a few years ago.”