BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - New York is swimming in red ink, yet more than 500 western NewYork school administrators and teachers are pulling in 6-figuresalaries, according to See Through New York.
Salaries of school administrators and teachers increased by fivepercent statewide in 2009. That's according to a fiscallyconservative watch dog group called See Through New York. The studyalso showed an additional 5,000 public school employees with6-figure salaries.
Here's the breakdown of the top earning districts here in WNY.Buffalo tops the list with those teachers and administrators makingover $100,000. It's by far the largest district as well.
Barbara Smith, Buffalo Board of Education's Chief FinancialOfficer, said, "On a percentage basis, I would have to see how,what that percentage is compared to our total employee population,compared to some of the smaller school districts."
Smith says teachers and administrators in Buffalo have beenwithout a contract for six years, but they are still getting smallstep raises.
"And some of that's based on our collective bargainingagreements," said Smith.
The Teachers' Union tells News 4, teachers max out at a salaryof $80,000 after 27 years, and that's with a PHD. Other western NewYork districts topping the $100,000 salary list are Williamsvillewith 37 employees, Niagara Falls with 33 and Ken-Ton with 29.
The superintendent held an open community meeting to hear fromthe public, but didn't want to comment about the survey. The listrounds out with Lackawanna, West Seneca, Clarence, Orchard Park,Sweet Home, Evans-Brant, Hamburg, and Grand Island.
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