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