School board su­per­in­ten­dent salaries jumped 10 per cent in three years, Al­berta re­port says


The av­er­age base pay of pub­licly funded school su­per­in­ten­dents rose 10 per cent in three years while teacher wages stag­nated and pub­lic sec­tor CEO wages were frozen, says a new re­port.

The anal­y­sis, pre­pared for the Al­berta School Boards’ As­so­ci­a­tion (ASBA) by Western Man­age­ment Con­sul­tants, and ob­tained by Post­media, said Al­berta su­per­in­ten­dents earn more than their col­leagues in B.C., Saskatchewan and On­tario.

In 2015-16, Al­berta su­per­in­ten­dents’ av­er­age base salaries were nearly $51,000 higher than their On­tario col­leagues, the re­port said. The high­est­paid Al­berta su­per­in­ten­dent was paid nearly dou­ble that of their high­est-paid On­tario coun­ter­part. The data, which was sent to all Al­berta school board chair­per­sons Mon­day, should prompt trustees to look at the trends com­pared to other man­age­ment po­si­tions in the prov­ince, said ASBA pres­i­dent Mary Martin.

“We un­der­stand that it prob­a­bly will cre­ate some con­ver­sa­tions that are go­ing to be un­com­fort­able,” Martin said Mon­day.

As sev­eral school boards are ac­tively re­cruit­ing new su­per­in­ten­dents, Martin wanted trustees to have the data when draft­ing new agree­ments.

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