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Area ad­min­is­tra­tors among high­est paid in Pa. pub­lic schools

The Boyertown Area Times - - FRONT PAGE - By Eric Devlin ede­vlin@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Eric_Devlin on Twit­ter

The salaries of eight of the nine school dis­trict su­per­in­ten­dents in our area are among the top 22 per­cent in Penn­syl­va­nia, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased in Novem­ber.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the salaries of five as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dents out of seven area school dis­tricts with as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dents are among the top 15 per­cent in the state.

The Penn­syl­va­nia School Board As­so­ci­a­tion is­sued its 2014-15 school man­age­ment salaries re­port Nov. 28, which in­cludes a list of the salary range per­cent­ages of su­per­in­ten­dents and as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dents, ac­cord­ing to data sub­mit­ted to the Penn­syl­va­nia De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

The re­port is based on the 497 su­per­in­ten­dent salaries and 201 as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent salaries re­ported to the Penn­syl­va­nia De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion. Since the in­for­ma­tion listed in the PSBA re­port is

based on the 2014-15 school year, the most re­cent data avail­able, it’s pos­si­ble the statewide salaries could have changed be­tween when the study was per­formed and to­day. The lo­cal salaries, how­ever, are up to date.

The data shows that 22 per­cent of Penn­syl­va­nia su­per­in­ten­dents earned a salary of $158,000 a year or more and 15 per­cent of as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dents earned $150,000 or more a year.

Steve Robin­son, a spokesman for the PSBA, said the study is per­formed on a yearly ba­sis and mem­bers turn to the in­for­ma­tion when con­sid­er­ing salary ranges.

“We of­fer no ad­vice or guid­ance on what salaries should be,” he said. “It’s up to the school board to de­cide salary ranges.”

Salaries in gen­eral can ac­count for up to 60 per­cent of a dis­trict’s bud­get, he said.

“That’s typ­i­cal of any or­ga­ni­za­tion,” Robin­son said.

In our area, the su­per­in­ten­dents from the Boyertown, Owen J. Roberts, Perkiomen Val­ley, Phoenixville, Potts­grove, Pottstown, Spring-Ford and Up­per Perkiomen school dis­tricts each earn a salary of $158,000 or more to­day. Mean­while, five as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dents out of the seven school dis­tricts with as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dents earn $150,000 or more.

Among the su­per­in­ten­dents, Boyertown Su­per­in­ten­dent Richard H. Fai­d­ley earns a salary of $185,661. That’s ac­tu­ally down from the 2015-16 school year when he earned $195,000. Fai­d­ley said he re­struc­tured his con­tract to make sure the dis­trict was “in good stand­ing.” OJR Su­per­in­ten­dent Michael Chris­tian earns a salary of $217,474. Perk Val­ley Su­per­in­ten­dent Clif­ford Rogers earns $200,000. Rogers is sched­uled to re­tire June 30, 2017.

Phoenixville Su­per­in­ten­dent Alan Fe­g­ley tops the list lo­cally at $230,000. Potts­grove Su­per­in­ten­dent Wil­liam Shirk earns $178,000. Pottstown act­ing Su­per­in­ten­dent Stephen Ro­driguez re­ceives $625 a day. Con­sid­er­ing there were 261 work­ing days in 2016, he there­fore earns a salary of ap­prox­i­mately $163,000. SpringFord Su­per­in­ten­dent David Goodin earns $188,700. Lastly, Up­per Perkiomen Su­per­in­ten­dent Alexis McGloin earns $187,113.

Daniel Boone Su­per­in­ten­dent James P. Har­ris Jr. misses the cut, earn­ing $140,000.

Among the as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dents, Boyertown As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Robert Sco­bo­ria earns a salary of $171,086. OJR As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Kathryn Soeder earns $172,661. Perkiomen Val­ley As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Bar­bara Rus­sell earns $160,987. Rus­sell is in talks to suc­ceed Rogers fol­low­ing his re­tire­ment. Phoenixville As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent LeRoy White­head earns $155,000, while Spring-Ford As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Al­lyn Roche earns $163,200.

Daniel Boone As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Robert Hur­ley misses the cut earn­ing $116,051, as does Up­per Perkiomen As­sis­tant Su­per­in­ten­dent Sean Ar­ney, who earns $140,985. Potts­grove and Pottstown School Dis­tricts do not have an as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dent.

Ac­cord­ing to news re­ports, the state’s high­est su­per­in­ten­dent salary may well be that en­joyed by Amy Sichel, su­per­in­ten­dent of Mont­gomery County’s Abing­ton School Dis­trict, who is in the se­cond year of a five-year con­tract that put her an­nual salary at $319,714 in July 2015.

Sichel, who was the pres­i­dent of the Penn­syl­va­nia As­so­ci­a­tion of School Ad­min­is­tra­tors in 2011, was named Penn­syl­va­nia Su­per­in­ten­dent of the Year in 2010 by that or­ga­ni­za­tion. In 2014, she served as the pres­i­dent of the Amer­i­can As­so­ci­a­tion of School Ad­min­is­tra­tors.

Ac­cord­ing to the PSBA re­port, the aver­age Penn­syl­va­nia su­per­in­ten­dent salary was $137,326. The me­dian (mid­dle) salary was $130,295.

Eight per­cent of su­per­in­ten­dents earn less than $102,000, the se­cond high­est per­cent­age on the salary range.

Among the as­sis­tant su­per­in­ten­dents, 12 per­cent earned be­tween $130,000 and $133,999 and 10 per­cent earned be­tween $114,000 and $117,999.

For full de­tails from the PSBA re­port, visit http:// bit.ly/2kTaAfg.

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