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Superintendents: then and now

Published: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 1:59 p.m. CST

From Jim Stalker


In the old days, a superintendent was hired to run a school system. He was hired to keep the books, hire the teachers, and pay the bills. He could hire a secretary to help him with these duties. He was paid a salary, and probably given a couple of memberships, and that was it, end of story.

Today, a firm is paid $6,000 to screen applicants who apply for the superintendent position. The school board then hires the new superintendent. He is given a new car to drive, health and life insurance, untold social memberships, a credit card for personal expenses, a business manager for school matters and a couple or more secretaries to fill out the paperwork and dot the I-s, and a paycheck for $143,000. Work is good at the upper levels of the employed, and life goes on!

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