Ur­ban su­per­in­ten­dent salar­ies

Las Vegas Review-Journal - - FROM THE COVER -

■ Michelle King, Los An­ge­les Uni­fied School Dis­trict: $350,000.

■ Pat Sko­rkowsky, Clark County School Dis­trict: $280,788.

■ For­rest Clay­pool, Chicago Pub­lic Schools: $250,000.

■ Tom Boas­berg, Den­ver Pub­lic Schools: $236,220.12.

Board will even­tu­ally get to choose from four to five highly qual­i­fied ap­pli­cants.

“I think the process of how we get there is go­ing to be ul­ti­mately very, very im­por­tant,” she said. “I think that we’re go­ing to have to have this group re­ally do­ing some se­ri­ous re­cruit­ing.”

Fight­ing turnover

The School Board will also need to find a leader who’s will­ing to stick around for at least five years, the amount of time ex­perts say su­per­in­ten­dents need in or­der to im­ple­ment real change.

Yet the av­er­age ten­ure of an ur­ban su­per­in­ten­dent is just over three years, ac­cord­ing to a 2014 study by the Coun­cil for Great City Schools.

Since 2000, how­ever, Clark County School Dis­trict lead­ers have tended to stay longer than the av­er­age. When he re­tires in June, Sko­rkowsky will have served five years.

Once the dis­trict hires a search firm, it will work with both the firm and the com­mu­nity to de­fine the char­ac­ter­is­tics needed in the dis­trict’s next leader.

Con­tact Amelia Pak-har­vey at apak-har­vey@re­viewjour­nal. com or 702-383-4630. Fol­low @ Ameli­a­pakhar­vey on Twit­ter.

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