February 28, 2011
Albany, NY

Governor Cuomo to Propose School Superintendent Salary Cap

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that he will submit a program bill to cap the salaries of school superintendents across the state. The cap would be based upon student enrollment and if approved would save a combined $15 million.


"We must wake up to the new economic reality that government must be more efficient and cut the cost of the bureaucracy. We must streamline government because raising taxes is not an option. Reducing back-office overhead, administration, consultants, and encouraging consolidations are the best targets to find savings," Governor Cuomo said.


The cap would impose salary limits as follows:

 

Tier

School District Enrollment

Superintendent Salary Cap

1

0 - 250

$125,000

2

251-750

$135,000

3

751-1,500

$145,000

4

1,501-3,000

$155,000

5

3,001-6,500

$165,000

6

6,501+

$175,000



The cap will apply only to school superintendents and will be applied prospectively as contracts expire. Local communities will have the ability to vote on overriding the salary cap, limited only to specific contracts. These votes will be held during normal school budget votes.


Currently, 223, or 33 percent of school district superintendents earn more than $175,000.


There is already a salary cap in place for BOCES district superintendents. The BOCES cap sets a single flat salary level ($166,572). Unlike the New Jersey law, the salary is flat regardless of the number of students enrolled in the school. Moreover, New Jersey aligns the salary of the superintendents of the largest school districts with the salary of the Governor of the State of New Jersey, unlike the New York law that ties the value to the 2003-04 salary of the Commissioner of Education.