Oklahoma Watchdog’s Peter J. Rudy analyzes surging superintendent salaries
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Published: 22-Dec-2011

Utilizing an annual report showing total compensation for superintendents of public school districts across the state of Oklahoma, Peter J. Rudy of Oklahoma Watchdog concludes that more than two-thirds of those school system administrators “are taking home more money this year than last year.”

In a story posted on his website this morning, Rudy notes the increased compensation came despite the fact that appropriations were cut 4 percent (nearly $100 million) at the state Department of Education.

Rudy used official state data, and converted it into a spreadsheet (with linear data now totaling four years). 

Key findings include Oklahoma Watchdog’s breakdown of the (mostly) up and (here-and-there) down of the salary data. In a summary, Rudy noted that each of the state’s 522 districts has a superintendent, and that of those:

 
*     356 got at least a dollar more this year than last year.

*     289 got at least $100 more this year than last year.

*     208 got at least $1,000 more this year than last year.

*     93 got at least $5,000 more this year than last year.

*     49 got at least $10,000 more this year than last year.

*     20 got at least $15,000 more this year than last year.

*     9 got at least $20,000 more this year than last year.

*     26 are making the exact amount they made last year

*     140 got at least $1 less this year than last year.

*     132 got at least $100 less this year than last year.

*     107 got at least $1,000 less this year than last year.

*     70 got at least $5,000 less this year than last year.

*     39 got at least $10,000 less this year than last year.

*     30 got at least $15,000 less this year than last year.

*     21 got at least $20,000 less this year than last year.

Rudy also reports: 

“While National Board Certified Teachers did not get their $5,000 stipend this year due to a lack of funds, 93 of the 522 superintendents in the state got compensation increases of at least $5,000.

“The average superintendent compensation is $98,434 and the median is $96,000.

“216 superintendents received at least $100,000 which is up from 207 superintendents last year.

“57 district superintendents make more than State Superintendent Janet Barresi whose salary is set by statute at roughly $124,400. That’s up from 54 last year.

“22 superintendents make more than Governor Fallin’s salary of $147,000 which is set by statute. That’s the same number as last year.

“3 superintendents make more than $200,000 (Jenks, Union, Ponca City) which is one less than last year (Tulsa dropped to $181,000).”

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