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Connecticut School Superintendents Get High Pay and Perks

Digital copies of each superintendent's contract, including that of Tolland Superintendent William Guzman, are available on the New Haven Register website.

Besides their hefty six-figure salaries, Connecticut school superintendents also command enviable perks and bonuses, according to a report in the New Haven Register.

Along with its sister news organizations, including the Middletown Press and the Litchfield County Times, the Register found that the average pay for school superintendents in Connecticut is $166,000 and that they can significantly boost that pay with other negotiated perks and benefits, including compensation for unused sick time, meal allowances, travel pay and bonuses.

Tolland's School Superintendent, William Guzman, earns $177,028 in salary and annuities, which puts him above the state average pay for a school leader, according to the database. At that level of pay it costs Tolland $56.25 per student for the superintendent's salary.

The Register included in its story a database of its review of the pay of 148 superintendents, along with links to their contracts.

Some school superintendents earn more than $200,000 annually and get tens of thousands more each year in perks, the newspapers found. Many also get generous benefit packages that include up to a month of vacation time and several weeks of sick time that can be accrued and then paid out if unused.

While the average annual pay for a school superintendent in Connecticut is $166,000, many school leaders make more than that, the report states. In West Hartford, for instance, Superintendent Karen List makes $230,000 annually with a tax-sheltered annuity included. That makes her the 14th highest paid superintendent in Connecticut.

Jim G. January 07, 2013 at 02:20 PM
Salary alone is a meaningless figure for comparing positions. I'd suggest salary divided by the number of the students in the district gives one meaningful index, and salary divided by the average teacher's salary gives another. I'm not sure Mr. Guzman is going to come up looking very good on either.
Miss Mary Mack January 07, 2013 at 02:41 PM
Guzman is seriously overpaid. I wish Springfield, MA had taken him when they had the chance.

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