DECATUR, Ga. – How much does your local public school district pay its superintendent?

A quick glance revealed that Phyllis Edwards, the former superintendent of the Decatur, Georgia school district, made $231,387 in the 2015-16 fiscal year.

As high as that salary might seem to most average Americans, it’s not out of the ordinary for municipal school district superintendents.

But a second glance revealed that Edwards only worked for part of the 2015-16 fiscal year, then resigned in the fall of 2015 to take another job.

She was replaced by David Dude, who was paid a base salary of $120,526 for the part of the year that he worked.

That means the Decatur school district paid a total of $351,913 in base salary for superintendent services in the 2015-16 fiscal year.

And that’s not all of it.

The school district also paid a combined $33,837 in pension contributions on behalf of the two superintendents, as well as a combined $13,230 for medical benefits.

That brings the total 2015-16 compensation for Edwards and Dude to a staggering $398,980. It’s a fair bet they also received a few other perks on top of that, driving their combined income well beyond $400,000.

There’s one more thing. The district paid the Illinois firm of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates $19,500 to guide its search for a new superintendent.

With all that money invested in the superintendent position, we assume that the Decatur school district has great leadership.

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