No raw data?
By Elsa Maxey
On Monday, a survey of school district trends of superintendents’ salaries and benefits was reported by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) to have been released. The TASB states that the annual survey was conducted with the Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) as part of four reports. To access the survey data results, however, one has to be a subscriber/member of the TASB.
So in summary, here is what was determined:
• The number of superintendents not receiving a salary raise this school year more than doubled from last year
• More than 60 percent of districts froze superintendent salaries
• Overall, superintendent pay increases were 1.6 percent on average; a notable drop from last year’s 3.3 percent average increase, the lowest increase seen in more than 10 years.
There were a couple of other highlights, but without the raw data to relate to the local area, they were not of any major consequence.
Top school district administrators in Fort Bend County for the previous academic school year ending in May show annual salaries ranging from $260,339 to $140,280 for 2010-11. But the total number of students at each of those school districts also shows a wide span. At the top of the list in Fort Bend County is Fort Bend ISD Superintendent Dr. Tim Jenney, who showed a ranking of 24 statewide in a school district of 68,948 students, according to Texas Education Agency data from earlier this year.
FBISD’s student population this academic year is projected to be 69,330. With continuing student growth, however, FBISD may have to redistribute some of its population with rezoning to more equitably utilize existing school facilities.
There are more than 1,000 independent school districts in the state, and each reportedly negotiates a compensation package with its superintendent which is approved by a school board. In January, the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees voted to extend Superintendent Jenney’s contract through 2015.
TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit, statewide educational association serving all 1,034 Texas school districts, more than 7,000 school board members, regional education service centers, community colleges, tax appraisal districts, and others.
If you’re looking for some hard numbers from this group, you better be a member.