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March 01, 2011

Governor Cuomo to propose school superintendent salary cap

Governor Cuomo to propose school superintendent salary cap
Source: Office of the Governor

On February 28, 2011, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that he will submit a program bill to cap the salaries of school superintendents across the state. The cap would be based upon student enrollment and if approved would save a combined $15 million.

The cap would impose salary limits as follows:

if 250 or fewer pupils, $125,000
if 251 to 750 pupils, $135,000
if 751 to 1,500 pupils, $145,000
if 1,501 to 3,000 pupils, $155,000
if 3,001to 6,500 pupils, $165,000
if 6,501 or more pupils, $175,000

The cap will apply only to school superintendents and will be applied prospectively as contracts expire. Local communities will have the ability to vote on overriding the salary cap, limited only to specific contracts. These votes will be held during normal school budget votes.

According to the Governor’s Office, currently, 223, or 33 percent of school district superintendents earn more than $175,000.

There is already a salary cap in place for BOCES district superintendents. The BOCES cap sets a single flat salary level ($166,572).

The Governor's press release is posted on the Internet at:
http://governor.ny.gov/press/salarycap
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