CINCINNATI, Ohio – The Winton Woods school district has had serious issues in recent years.

A few years ago it was one of several Ohio school district caught “scrubbing” attendance records to improve state ratings.

In 2015, a candidate for the Winton Woods school board published an editorial, noting that the district’s academic standing “has been one of the lowest in the State and in Hamilton County.”

“We can no longer accept mediocrity as our educational standard and goal,” the candidate wrote. “This will only lead to disaster and the unnecessary crushing of opportunity for our youth.

The district received an F for achievement on its 2016 Ohio state report card.

Based on all of that, some might assume that the Winton Woods district may have a young, poorly-compensated teaching staff. But that’s not the case at all, particularly when salary and benefits are added together.

In 2015-16, 263 Winton Woods teachers were paid a combined $15,579,545 in base salary, for an average of $59,237 per teacher.

They received a combined $3,077,092 in benefits, for an average of $11,699 per teacher.

The school district paid $2,011,356 in retirement benefits on behalf of the teaches, for an average of $8,353 per teacher.

All of that, added up, brings the average compensation to at least $79,289 — $20,052 more than the average base salary.

The district superintendent made a base salary of $143,500 in 2015-16, along with a $14,500 annuity contribution from the district, $4,828.60 in health insurance, $310.56 in dental coverage, and $309.96 in life insurance.

The school district also made a $20,900 pension contribution on his behalf.

That means the superintendent cost the district at least $184,349 — $40,849 more than his base salary.

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