Five points on superintendent salaries
A recent report from the Alberta School Boards Association revealed that superintendents have experienced a 10 per cent average salary increase between 2015 and 2017. Predictably, the media showed considerable interest in this figure, as did I. I did numerous interviews on the topic and here are my five talking points on the matter.
- Teachers are predictably upset by this news. In the past six years, our salary increases featured FIVE ZEROES.
- The government asked teachers to do their part, and they did. It’s quite disheartening to hear that superintendents didn’t get that memo.
- Double-digit increases for superintendents, while teachers were taking zeroes, are simply unfair.
- The government has squeezed all workers paid by public funds — with the exception of superintendents. Executives on other public boards have had legislated salary freezes, and I don’t understand why school board executives have been treated differently.
- Class sizes are too large, and students with special needs are undersupported in the classroom. School boards need to make better choices with the funding they are given. ❚
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