Ala. School Board Divided Over Compensation For Superintendent

Mobile County officials are divided about how much to pay their next school superintendent.
by | October 31, 2011
 

School board members in Mobile County, Ala., are debating how much to pay their next superintendent, the Press-Register reports. Some support trying to bargain down from the $225,000 that the previous superintendent earned, while others argue that, as the state's largest school district, that level of compensation is necessary.

The county has three finalists for its superintendent position, according to the Press-Register, and all three make at least $63,000 less than the former superintendent's salary. School officials must weigh between trying to save the district money and attracting the best possible candidate to the position.

"What the board doesn't want is the cheapest possible candidate. You have to find the best person and do what it takes to get that person there," Eric Mackey, executive director of the School Superintendents of Alabama, told the newspaper. "If you negotiate for a cheaper rate, and try to save, let's say $30,000 in a budget of several hundred million dollars, you have to ask, 'Is it really worth saving that to get the wrong person?'"

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