COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - How does the pay for school superintendents in Branch County stack up against other districts in the area and statewide. The Mackinac Center for Public Policy today released a new online database that provides detailed compensation data for every conventional and intermediate school district superintendent in Michigan. The searchable web tool also includes links to individual superintendent contracts. Michael Van Beek, director of education policy at the Mackinac Center, said while compensation for superintendents only amounts to about 1 percent of public school spending, the public should have easy access to the information.
According to Van Beek, as CEOs of districts and often the highest paid government employee in a local community, superintendent pay deserves an extra level of public scrutiny. While many school districts make some of this information available on their websites, this database makes it easy to compare pay across districts. 570 salaries are listed on the site. Topping the salaries of local superintendents is Coldwater’s Tina Kerr at $189,000 and 102nd on the list. B-I-S-D Superintendent Joe Lopez listed at 195 with a salary of $165,000. Union City pays $156,000, Bronson $152,000 and Quincy $115,000. The district with the highest paid superintendent in the state is Utica at $300,000. Kalamazoo is third at $280,000. This new database is part of the Center’s Michigan School Databases project that includes links to every school union contract, district-level funding and spending statistics and an apples-to-apples high school achievement database that adjusts test score results based on socioeconomic factors. The superintendent compensation database can be found at http://www.mackinac.org/depts/epi/salary.aspx