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AFP in LJS: Six-figure Salaries for School Administrators Too Much?

June 03, 2013

Recently a local school administrator wrote an editorial bemoaning the fact their district would not be receiving an increase in taxpayer-funded state aid funding.

We asked the question; with the Superintendent receiving compensation equal to $160-per-student is taxpayer money being wisely spent?

Superintendent pay

Wahoo Public Schools Superintendent Galen Boldt penned a letter critical of inequalities in the state school aid formula, specifically the loss of funding to Wahoo Public Schools compared to significant increases in state aid to Lincoln and other, more urban districts.

While I agree that Nebraska’s state aid formula is too complex and needs reform, it is worth considering whether school funding is being wisely spent.

During the 2010-2011 school year, Wahoo paid its

superintendent a base salary of $130,000 with benefits worth nearly $21,000. This compensation is roughly three times the annual income of the average Nebraska family.

Wahoo’s superintendent receives a generous income while managing a district with less than 1,000 students. In fact, the Wahoo superintendent receives annual compensation worth $160 per student enrolled in WPS, based on the 943 students enrolled in 2011.

This is not personal; I am sure Boldt does a tremendous job. Yet when school administrators cry foul that Nebraska’s taxpayers are not forking over enough money, it is worthwhile to look at how our money is being spent.

Brad Stevens, state director, Americans for Prosperity-Nebraska, Lincoln

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