Connecticut School Superintendents Get High Pay and Perks

Some make more than $200,000 annually and get monthly allotments to interact with their communities. East Haddam and HK both come in below the state average of $166,000.


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.

RSD17 School Superintendent, Howard Thiery III, earns $162,500, which puts him below the state average pay for a school leader. At that level of pay, it costs Haddam and Killingworth residents $63.93 per student for the superintendent's salary.

East Haddam's Interim Superintentendent, Mary Beth Iacobelli, earns $150,000, which places her below the state average pay for a school leader as well. At that level of pay, it costs East Haddam residents $105.41 per student for the superintendent's salary.

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 Berlin, School Superintendent David Erwin earns $203,000 annually, according to the report.

Observor January 03, 2013 at 01:38 PM
And that's not even the worst of it. Connecticut superintendents get three year contracts renewable annualy. Make sense? Of course not, it isn't meant to. What that means is that if a superintendent is a total screw-up the district's only options are to tell him or her they'll be fired in a couple of years and let them keep screwing up until then or buy out their contract at 100 cents on the dollar. It happened in East Haddam in the 1990s (they kept the superintendent for two years). But people keep voting for politicians who support this sort of thing.
a worker January 03, 2013 at 02:33 PM
That's nothing compared to the superintendent of Utica Community Schools in Sterling Heights Michigan. Talk about over paid this lady Polzin 300,000 dollars per year. Not to mention the perks that she gets. It's the greed of the Utica Community Schools Administration that cost there in tire support staff to lose their jobs If everyone at Utica Community Schools took a 10 percent pay cut That would have saved the district 26.5 million dollars. They should all be ashamed of their leadership. If anyone out there needs a new superintendent you can have the 1 that we have nobody here wants her. It's time for a change... It's time for a recall. (As for me...I'm doing well)


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