BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Despite the tough economy, a new study finds localsuperintendent salaries rose significantly in the past decade.
It's no secret that school administrators make more money thanany other employee in their school district, but a recent studyfinds superintendents are getting paid really, really well.
According to Business First, the average superintendent salaryhas gone up 55 percent over the past 12 years, which is much higherthan the rate of inflation, which is 34 percent.
The top three earning superintendents in WNY are James Williamsof Buffalo, the largest district by far, and he makes $220,000 ayear. Howard Smith of Williamsville comes in at second with a$216,000 salary. Thomas Coseo of Clarence earns a salary of$205,000 a year.
Tiffany Klis said, "I think it's ridiculous."
But not everyone does.
"I don't have a problem with it, if it's a big district and withit comes a lot of responsibility and a lot of pressure," said KenCoyle.
The biggest jump in a superintendent's salary goes to Starpoint,which was around $85,000 12 years ago and is now at $177,000.That's a jump of 107 percent.
Klis commented said, "They're getting high salaries wheneveryone else is getting laid off."
Teachers make the most money in the Sweet Home district.
Paul Cochi said, "If you get good, quality teachers in there, Ithink they should be paid decent."
"I know the job they do, and I give them tons of credit becauseI could not do that job at all," added Klis.
Rounding out the top five in the teacher pay ratings areWilliamsville, Niagara Falls, Lackawanna and Grand Island. All 98western New York districts are on the Business First list. For moreon the rankings,
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