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.



Valid point, coasterfan, but what was your average work day assuming you worked 11-12 hours a day. 7am - 7pm? 6am - 6pm? 7:30am - 7:30pm? Mon - Fri.?

Base salaries of teachers at the Perkins School District:

Supplemental schedule at Perkins School District:



Coasterfan "been there too done that" you are right. Let some of these who think teachers have it easy try spending 180 days a year with bouncing, yelling, anxioius, hormone charged bodies, etc I don't care what age and see if they think teachers are overpaid. Moms and dads get real upset when they ahve 2-3 kids at home try having 150 under your charge in a day !!!


Not to mention the psycho parents who range from do-nothings who don't even check their kindergartner's book bag the entire year, to complete helicopter parents who do their high-schoolers homework for them.

Kobayashi Maru

I understand where you are coming from - teachers work a lot of extra hours that they are not paid with overtime. However, so does the Superintendent. He/she is paid a salary for a normal work day but he/she constantly attends meetings, sporting events, etc., without getting overtime pay. It may be in his contract that he does those things, however, it is in the contract of a teacher that they are to be prepared to teach every day. If that means staying late or going in early, so be it. A teacher's job is to give the best education possible to each student. Some teachers work their contracted hours and that it is. Others, like your wife, give it their all and put in the extra time needed to be the best. Remember, though, it's her choice to stay into June and come back in July. She is not obligated to be there by the board. She is simply dedicated to her career, and I commend her for that.

My point was this - take Stacy Williams at Perkins, for example. Her salary, listed by the Register, is $74,409. She works a 185 day contract at 7 1/2 hours a day. That equals $53.62 an hour, regardless of benefits. Gunner makes $56 an hour, but works 260 days a year, and has to do work outside of his contracted hours. Now, I don't know who Stacy Williams is or what she teaches, but if I read the information correctly, that salary is based on her teaching duties only.

If you compare principal salaries to teacher salaries you will find that many times the teachers are paid more per hour than their immediate supervisor. That doesn't happen in the real world. Most professionals, be it in the private sector or the public sector, put in more hours than are required by their contract. It's a fact of life. CEOs all the way down to payroll clerks will do extra if needed. Supers and teachers are no different.

Common Sense

How many teachers do you know that follow their contracted hours and that is it? Do you have any idea what teachers must do to ensure their license is renewed? Do you know how many teachers are footing the bill to become reading licensed because they teach in the primary grades and are now required to have this special licensure due to the new, UNMANDATED bill? Nearly every teacher that I know works well beyond the hours in a contract and spend their hard-earned money on their classrooms to entice students and try new methods.
I just adore people who can slap around educators and yet have never walked in their shoes.

Kobayashi Maru

If you read closely all my comments on this story you'd see that I agree with you. I never said teachers don't work hard for their money. I am simply pointing out that the Superintendent does a lot of work outside his/her contracted day but no one wants to bring that up. I believe most people in education are earn their worth - minus the few lazy teachers that are simply hanging on.

I am sad to hear you don't adore me, because I have walked in those shoes of which you speak.


I've said all along the teachers salaries are too close in comparison to all administrators.


Here's my issue--these school districts are all too small to each have their own superintendents. PIB has a super for 72 kids, and while his actual salary is only $77,000, he gets a free home to live on for him and his family. There should be one super and an assistant super for all of Erie Co. and the same for the surrounding counties. Many other states have such a county system and it seems to work just fine while saving money.
The school district I came from had as twice as many students in high school alone as some of these district's total enrollment, and we still had only one super for the district--about 10,000 students.


That's essentially merging the districts, in which case Erie County would become Sandusky City Schools, since that district holds the majority of the county's voters, taxed at SCS rates, performing at SCS level.


No, that's not what that means at all. There could be a county-wide superintendent that is paid by all counties in some formula that an actuary would have to come up with. All the school districts would still be their own.


And if we shared a president with Canada and Mexico, North America would be essentially one nation. If GM and Ford shared a single CEO, they'd be one corporation. It's not like the superintendent is a vendor offering a commodity service to multiple customers - the role is to be the CEO of the district.


Other states do it just fine.


By effectively merging their districts. I guarantee those districts are not independent. An independent entity needs its own leader. Pay that leader what you will, title the job what you will, but any district with any independence has its own leader. There is a state superintendent, but that doesn't mean he/she runs all the districts such that they don't need their own CEO's.


What a waste of money.

Azure Ray

The Register is really good at distracting people from the news that really matters. I bet you there are plenty of people on here who know the salaries of local educators like the back of their hands, but couldn't tell you the first thing about the issues that are really threatening their tax dollars, privacy, and safety. What a great plan from the media - make people sit and think about frivolous issues, and then ignore the stuff that has actual impact on your lives.


Don't the taxes you pay affect your life? It does mine, living on a fixed income!


Sandusky Schools superintendent making $158,000 a year and what are we getting back in return? We get an "F" score and the rating is an 8 out of 24 standards that need to be met. It is all about what you can get out of the taxpayer in operating levies and nothing going into the kids. We expect better then this. The Sanders guy is way over paid for the results we are getting. The school is failing our kids and Sanders is laughing all the way to the bank when he deposits his check.

Azure Ray

Darkhorse: "The school is failing our kids?"

There are MANY other factors that go into whether or not a student does well in school. The superintendent may have a small part of that, but 90% of how well a student does comes from parents and the home situation.


BINGO! Schools don't fail; students do.

From the Grave

Dummy parents sending their little dummy kids to school to be taught by dummy teachers using a dummy curriculum. What do you get?


You are a case in point!


SR, is there no information available on the assistant superintendent for each of the 16 schools, and while we're on it, how about the assistant(s)-to-the assistant? That would give us all a much better view of how our tax dollars are being absorbed.


I don't think that most districts in this area have an assistant superintendent. They have a secretarial type assistant, but not an assistant super.


Sandusky has an assistant superintendent.


I said most, not all. Sandusky is probably the only district that does.


The fact is that Sandusky has an assistant superintendent. The possibility that other school district's may have an assistant superintendent is the basis for my asking the SR to investigate and report back. Since the SR reported that 16 school district's have a superintendent, it seems logical to ask whether or not they also, like Sandusky, have an assistant superintendent.


Just look at the school district's websites.

Kobayashi Maru

Norwalk has one and she's paid $99,900. She's a retire-rehire as well...


WAIT A MINUTE HERE! You mean to tell me that our tax dollars pay $180,000 a year for little old Sandusky's Superintendant? He makes more than our Congress Woman? In fact, our Congress members make less and live in Washington DC. According to most cost of living calculators, if you want to have the same standard of living in DC as your lifestyle in Sandusky while making $180,000 a year, you'd have to make $298,000 in DC. In fact, the median household (that's household) income in Sandusky was $46,000 in 2011. Folks, you all need to start showing up at the city meetings, writing letters and grabbing your signs. This a prime example of what happens when government stops being a good steward with our tax dollars.


But, your forgetting what matters , Eugene Sanders looks good in a suit, easy smile ,all worth $180,000 at least. What is his past record in Toledo? He does move around a lot, what's with that? Sandusky,you should expect so much more from all you have , your getting so little.