New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week proposed capping district superintendents’ salaries as a way to save school districts and their taxpayers $15 million.
Gov. Cuomo, a Democrat, said the cap would be based on student enrollment. His bill would allow an annual salary of $125,000 for the smallest districts, and up to $175,000 for the largest, with the exception of New York City. Superintendents would be subject to the cap once their current contracts expired. Currently, 31 percent of superintendents in the state make more than $179,000 a year.
The proposal differs from similar efforts in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in that it would allow local voters to override the salary cap in order to retain or attract a school district leader.
A version of this article appeared in the March 09, 2011 edition of Education Week as N.Y. Governor Aims to Cap Superintendents’ Pay