SCHOOL BELLS: Some Texas County Superintendents Buck Trend on Salaries

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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Some of the school districts in Tom Green County bucked the statewide trend and gave raises to superintendents for this school year, while San Angelo ISD and Grape Creek ISD followed the trend and froze their top administrators' salaries.

More than 60 percent of Texas public school districts froze superintendent salaries this year, according to an annual survey by the Texas Association of School Boards and Texas Association of School Administrators of superintendents' salaries and benefits. School districts across the state had to absorb a cut in funding of about 6 percent from the Texas Legislature for the 2011-12 school year.

Superintendent Carol Ann Bonds of the San Angelo ISD was one of those whose salary was frozen at the 2010-11 level, which is $172,788.

Mary Barrett, TASB assistant director for compensation services, said the median salary for urban school districts of 10,000 to 25,000 students is $192,000, as of 2011.

San Angelo ISD has about 14,100 students and that would put Bonds' pay at just over $12 per student, well below the per-student pay of other superintendents in the county and of many across the state.

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