How much does your school's superintendent make?

Every area superintendent's contract posted here, as well as up-to-date salaries; pick up the Register today for full story, including interesting contract highlights
Alissa Widman Neese
Aug 26, 2013

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.



NAME: Kim Schubert

SALARY: $100,485 

YEARS: Aug. 2012-July 2018


DISTRICT BUDGET: $21 million 



NAME: Guy Parmigian

SALARY: $95,000

YEARS: Aug. 2012-July 2014


DISTRICT BUDGET: $19 million



NAME: David Stubblebine

SALARY: $103,500

YEARS: Aug. 2013-July 2016


DISTRICT BUDGET: $21 million



NAME: Dan Parent


YEARS: Aug. 2011-July 2015


DISTRICT BUDGET: $10 million



NAME: Tom Roth

SALARY: $111,485

YEARS: Aug. 2011-July 2014


DISTRICT BUDGET: $14 million



NAME: Sharon Mastroianni

SALARY: $119,332

YEARS: July 2012-June 2015


DISTRICT BUDGET: $13 million 



NAME: Traci McCaudy

SALARY: $146,595

YEARS: Aug. 2011-July 2016


BUDGET: $39 million 



NAME: Dennis Muratori

SALARY: $124,989

YEARS: Aug. 2013-July 2016


DISTRICT BUDGET: $16 million 



NAME: Ed Kurt

SALARY: $113,771

YEARS: Aug. 2013-July 2016


DISTRICT BUDGET: $14 million



NAME: Gregg Elchert

SALARY: $85,000

YEARS: Aug. 2013-July 2014


DISTRICT BUDGET: $7 million 



NAME: Dennis Doughty

SALARY: $110,259

YEARS: Aug. 2011-July 2015


DISTRICT BUDGET: $24 million 



NAME: Jim Gunner

SALARY: $117,200

YEARS: Aug. 2011-July 2015


DISTRICT BUDGET: $22 million 



NAME: Patrick Adkins

SALARY: $104,578

YEARS: Aug. 2011-July 2016


DISTRICT BUDGET: $21 million 



NAME: Steve Poe

SALARY: $77,000

YEARS: Jan. 2012-July 2014


DISTRICT BUDGET: $3 million 



NAME: Eugene Sanders

SALARY: $158,000

YEARS: Aug. 2013-July 2018


DISTRICT BUDGET: $44 million 



NAME: Phil Pempin

SALARY: $122,522

YEARS: Aug. 2013-July 2016


DISTRICT BUDGET: $24 million 


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




26. Should the School District receive an Excellent with Distinction rating on the Ohio Department of Education Local Report Card, the superintendent will receive an additional bonus of $7,500.
This bonus is in addition to any bonus for a rating of “Excellent” described hereafter. Should the School District receive an Excellent rating on its annual report card by the Ohio Department of Education, the Board will pay the Superintendent a $5,000 performance bonus
for each year the district received the Excellent rating of the contract. This bonus may be paid into a retirement fund of the Superintendent’s choosing.


He is already justifying the 3 "F's". I wonder if they'll deduct $7500 for poor grades? Also heard ThorSports offered to pay all "pay-to-play" fees and there are various other private donations. Can anyone confirm this?

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Alissa Widman Neese

The check register I obtained from the district treasurer this past week only listed 3 private donations this year, totaling $1,695. 


I see too that the Vermilion Local Schools Superintendent gets a bonus if the district receives an effective/excellent etc rating. I really do not understand the thinking of our school board members. I can only deduct it's mostly not their money they are spending so they are quite free and easy with it.

Let's just consider you hire a plumber to repair a faucet in your house. So he/she comes within the hour and saves you buying a new facet and it works great. SO YOU GIVE the plumber a BONUS for doing the job you hired them to do???. You hire them to do a good job and when they do just that you then give them a bonus for doing what you hired them to do in the first place.

Do Boards of Education EXPECT a superintendent to DO THE JOB?? Are they actually suprised when they really DO THE JOB ??? Do they feel they must be REWARDED for DOING THE JOB they were hired to do ???? If I hired a superintendent to run a district I darn well expect them to do the best they can and NO WAY do I feel I would reward them for doing the job I hired them to do. I I hire them to be superintendent I absolutely want them to bring the district to excellent level. That's what I hired them to do !!!

Really is there any Board member in Perkins or Vermilion and maybe other districts too that do not expect the superintendent to do the job and when they actually do the job they are so excited, surprised and grateful they want to give them a bonus???? Obviously, they must be from the bonuses they give. Again, I go back to the fact they are very free with money that is mostly not theirs in the first place.

Perkins is in dire financial staights and they are giving out bonuses to folks for just doing their jobs. Amazing !!! Boards who have that mentality are Boards who are not asking the voters for more money to pay the bills.

I think some of these Board members need to have their heads examined for reality....or better yet just need to be voted off the Board. Let them run for an office where they don't have control over our tax payer dollars. They certainly have lost all creditability in doing a Board member's job.

From the Grave

Let's look at something that is REALLY wasting money~kids making too many trips to the bathroom. Water and sewer are expensive! Limit them to one potty break a day!


Again, it mystifies me as to why you chose to list every district in the area and leave NORTHPOINT out. They are a county tax based system that consists of ERIE, HURON, and Ottawa county...they have employees in almost all school districts and a whole tier of people making almost 100,000 before you step up to the superintendent, assistant, and treasurer. They are a stone never turned. Just saying...even when the count department heads make the paper they are avoided and interestingly enough they hire each other for these major positions and promote from within family and friendship lines. Just mystified.


Hope this a start for you guys...


I would concur with your thoughts and hope the SR will go back and get their information.


You need to publish the salary of North Point ESC superintendent and the many executive directors they have. They are very top heavy on chiefs that make big money. A couple years ago the 2 at the top created jobs for their replacements who by the were also related to the executive director and their director of special ed. So for at least a year they had four big salaries to pay. They cut 25 hand on jobs to come up with the money for the pencil pushers aka family.


And you are correct..bunch of them making over 100k yr.....


In 2011.... I counted 25 that had salaries of over $80,000 that did not count perks. 2012 had nothing posted. 3 over 100 and 3 in high 90's.


Their highest paid teacher made almost $70,000 in 2011.


It's eye opening to see the superintendents' salaries. Wonder what the North Point ESC super makes--he/she should be included? Also, wonder if they all work the same number of days--or do some work less than a full year.


Here is what the Super at North point made in 2011 at Norwalk as an assitant!! wow.. http://ohio-employees.findthedat...


He made a lateral move.... And is the nephew of Dan McCarthy retired executive director who made 113,900 in 2011


On top of the salaries:
STRS pick-up is 10% of their salary
Medicare 1.5% pick-up
Phone expenses
Annuity contributions
Grant reimburesments
Performance bonuses


MiddleRight I will update you on the figures,,,,,School districts pay to Ohio State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) not 10% as you have listed but 14% of the certified employees salary. Employee is paying 11% and that is now going up 1% a year to 14% matching the school districts amount. All being done to shore up the retirement system from 2008 disaster in the markets.

Thus you see a person making for example $100,000 that is really $114,000 with retirement paid by the school district plus any other benefits like health insurance.


Wow, puts a whole new spin on the ever popular "but it's for the children" card...doesn't it?


Thanks for the facts Register. Those in "authority" are in dire need of reduction of benefits.


I think that somewhere I read a Gunnerism about administrators taking wage freezes and increases in health deductions or premiums before asking staff for the same. The contractual salary might be "frozen," but obviously other benefits make up for it.


"Gunnerism" good one!

red white and blue

What is north point i've never herd of them.please fill me in

Stop It

Google can be your friend only if you have some idea about what it is you are looking for.

Try this, North Point Educational Service Center

Don Hardy

if they do the job expected.. not a problem... they should post what the register employees make. then we can decide if this paper cost to much based on the wages.


Why do you see so many of these school districts Boards feel they must give a tax sheldered annunity to the superintendent ? Look at the contracts and one after another do that. Is it that it's sorta "hidden" salary to the super away from the public alas taxpaper's eyes? Do Boards feel we the taxpayers are that stupid to not see it? Alas, they get $90,000 and benefits and a tax sheldered annunity is a benefit and they think we will not ask or know what an annunity really is?

Makes you wonder who these school Boards are really working for....the taxpayers who elected them or the superintendents who they hire?


You're joking, right? Lots of businesses offer their employees matching 401(k), a tax-sheltered annuity, as a perk. Get in the real world.

Kobayashi Maru

First of all I am all for government not wasting money. But, I don't have that much of an issue with the salries these people make. They are the CEOs of the district, are well-educated (Masters or above) and have experience. They work year round. They would be made a lot more money if they were in the private sector, and many of the benefits they get (phone, sheltered tax annuities, etc.) are comparable to the business world.

Also, while the Superintendent is usually the highest paid district employee in terms of salary, the person who makes the most per hour (or per day) is a 30-year teacher. That's surprising to me because they don't have the stress or responsibility that the Superintendent has. That's be like a longtime cook at McDonalds getting more money than the store GM. Doesn't work that way.


Agree with the salaries of these Superintendents just not with Gunner's policies, poor objectives, communication skills, direction and lack of results.


Kobayashi: You made a lot of sense in your first paragraph, but your 2nd paragraph is basically misinformed/incorrect. It doesn't work that way.

A 30-year teacher in most districts in our area makes roughly $55-60,000 tops, unless they sign up for extra duties, which, of course, adds to the number of hours they work. I'm a retired teacher. During the school year, I put in 11-12 hours per day, plus time on weekends. Teachers - even the most experienced, who are at the high end of their salary schedule - make about 2/3 the salary of a supt. Add up the hours teachers work during the school year, and there's no way they get paid more per hour than a supt. making $100,000+ per year.

People have got to stop assuming that teachers work only the hours kids
are at school. And it's not just during the actual school year. My wife starting preparing for the school year with daily visits to her building in late July, and usually doesn't finish what she needs to do at school until mid-June.

I would contend that both jobs have a lot of stress. Until you've been in the classroom with anywhere from 20-100 students at once, you aren't qualified to assess which job is more stressful. There is a reason why the average teacher only stays in the profession for 5 years.