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How much does your school's superintendent make?

Alissa Widman Neese • Aug 26, 2013 at 2:53 PM

When most area districts kick off their school years this week, a majority of their superintendents are poised to earn above-average salaries, according to a Register analysis of Ohio Department of Education data.

Among 16 local superintendents, salaries range from $77,000 to $158,000, according to the data.

A PDF of each area superintendent's contract is posted below.

The region’s top earner is Eugene Sanders, superintendent of Sandusky Schools, the area’s second-largest district. His five-year contract, finalized earlier this year, will land him about $900,000 in salaries, bonuses and benefits if he remains in the district through its completion.

The area’s lowest-paid superintendent is Steve Poe, of Put-in-Bay School, the area’s smallest district with just 72 students.

But when considering some of Poe’s unique contract benefits — such as the South Bass Island home the district provides his family during the school year, as well as work-related travel and lodging reimbursement on the mainland — it’s clear comparing superintendent compensation isn’t always clear-cut.

The second-lowest area superintendent salary is Gregg Elchert, a one-year hire at Monroeville Schools, at $85,000. The third-lowest is Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools superintendent Guy Parmigian, at $95,000.

All other superintendent salaries exceed $100,000, excluding other benefits, for an overall region average of about $112,300.

Statewide, the average superintendent salary is about $101,500, when accounting for all districts, community schools and educational service centers, according to the Ohio Department of Education’s most recent data.

Despite the ranging pay rates, many critics across Ohio claim district administrators — specifically their top-earning superintendents — simply receive too much. The scrutinizers take note of the faltering economy and budget cuts not just to public education, but all levels of government.

Those who support the wages, however, call attention to a superintendent’s vital, challenging role — working long hours, managing multimillion-dollar budgets, and representing hundreds of employees and students in the public eye.

Still others declare an appropriate superintendent salary is situational, depending on what a district and its taxpayers can afford.

To kick off the “back to school” season, the Register compiled a list of the area’s 16 superintendents, including their salaries from the past school year, contract highlights and characteristics of their districts.

BELLEVUE

NAME: Kim Schubert

SALARY: $100,485 

YEARS: Aug. 2012-July 2018

DISTRICT ENROLLMENT: 2,004

DISTRICT BUDGET: $21 million 

BENTON-CARROLL-SALEM

NAME: Guy Parmigian

SALARY: $95,000

YEARS: Aug. 2012-July 2014

DISTRICT ENROLLMENT: 1,508

DISTRICT BUDGET: $19 million

CLYDE-GREEN SPRINGS

NAME: David Stubblebine

SALARY: $103,500

YEARS: Aug. 2013-July 2016

DISTRICT ENROLLMENT:2,052

DISTRICT BUDGET: $21 million

DANBURY

NAME: Dan Parent

SALARY:›$105,987

YEARS: Aug. 2011-July 2015

DISTRICT ENROLLMENT: 552

DISTRICT BUDGET: $10 million

EDISON

NAME: Tom Roth

SALARY: $111,485

YEARS: Aug. 2011-July 2014

DISTRICT ENROLLMENT: 1,512

DISTRICT BUDGET: $14 million

EHOVE CAREER CENTER

NAME: Sharon Mastroianni

SALARY: $119,332

YEARS: July 2012-June 2015

DISTRICT ENROLLMENT: 717

DISTRICT BUDGET: $13 million 

 

FREMONT

NAME: Traci McCaudy

SALARY: $146,595

YEARS: Aug. 2011-July 2016

DISTRICT ENROLLMENT: 4,001 DISTRICT

BUDGET: $39 million 

 

HURON

NAME: Dennis Muratori

SALARY: $124,989

YEARS: Aug. 2013-July 2016

DISTRICT ENROLLMENT: 1,416

DISTRICT BUDGET: $16 million 

 

MARGARETTA

NAME: Ed Kurt

SALARY: $113,771

YEARS: Aug. 2013-July 2016

DISTRICT ENROLLMENT: 1,115

DISTRICT BUDGET: $14 million

 

MONROEVILLE

NAME: Gregg Elchert

SALARY: $85,000

YEARS: Aug. 2013-July 2014

DISTRICT ENROLLMENT: 600

DISTRICT BUDGET: $7 million 

 

NORWALK

NAME: Dennis Doughty

SALARY: $110,259

YEARS: Aug. 2011-July 2015

DISTRICT ENROLLMENT: 2,826

DISTRICT BUDGET: $24 million 

 

PERKINS

NAME: Jim Gunner

SALARY: $117,200

YEARS: Aug. 2011-July 2015

DISTRICT ENROLLMENT: 2,286

DISTRICT BUDGET: $22 million 

 

PORT CLINTON

NAME: Patrick Adkins

SALARY: $104,578

YEARS: Aug. 2011-July 2016

DISTRICT ENROLLMENT: 1,619

DISTRICT BUDGET: $21 million 

 

PUT-IN-BAY

NAME: Steve Poe

SALARY: $77,000

YEARS: Jan. 2012-July 2014

DISTRICT ENROLLMENT: 72

DISTRICT BUDGET: $3 million 

 

SANDUSKY

NAME: Eugene Sanders

SALARY: $158,000

YEARS: Aug. 2013-July 2018

DISTRICT ENROLLMENT: 3,080

DISTRICT BUDGET: $44 million 

 

VERMILION

NAME: Phil Pempin

SALARY: $122,522

YEARS: Aug. 2013-July 2016

DISTRICT ENROLLMENT: 1,915 

DISTRICT BUDGET: $24 million 

 

Pick up a copy of today's Register for a full listing of contract highlights of area superintendents.

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