As the start of school draws near, 34 public school districts in Washington will be led by new superintendents, including the state’s three largest districts: Seattle, Spokane and Tacoma.
Most of those new hires will draw bigger paychecks than their predecessors.
Spokane Public Schools Superintendent Shelley Redinger’s contract calls for her to receive total compensation of $240,000, about $17,000 more than her predecessor, Nancy Stowell. Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Jose Banda is contracted for $26,000 more than the previous superintendent, and the Highline, Bellevue, Puyallup and Olympia school districts also agreed to pay their new leaders more, according to district contracts and news reports.
Tacoma Public Schools is one of the exceptions; an interim superintendent was appointed to the position for two years. She will receive about $15,000 less than the previous superintendent.
The higher compensation contracts come at a time when the state is cutting pay for teachers, administrators and other in-school workers.