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How Much Do School Administrators Make?

Local administrator salaries are in line with other county districts. Use our interactive database to see which school administrators are the highest and lowest paid throughout the state of Wisconsin.

School adminstrator salaries in the Racine Unified School District are largely in line with nearby communities, according to data compiled by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

Superintendent Ann Laing was paid $150,000, while Kenosha Unified Superintendent Michelle Hancock earned $195,000 and Oak Creek Superintendent Sara Burmeister received $153,497.

The numbers are from salary information released on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's website. The data is from the 2011-12 school year.

School districts across the state saw a larger than usual cut in staffing in the 2011-12 school year than in year's past, according to a press release from the DPI, with 2,312 positions being eliminated and 60 percent of those spots being teacher jobs.

"The 2011-13 state budget made historically high cuts to education funding," the press release said. "General school aids were cut by $749 million and the per pupil revenue limit was reduced by $1.6 billion from prior law. These large reductions accelerated the budget and staffing cuts many districts have been making over the years."

This database will allow you to search administrative salaries only in the 424 districts statewide.

Richard Head November 23, 2012 at 02:00 AM
FROM DPI: RUSD Superintendent Ann Laing was paid $150,000. PLUS $10,099 TAX-FREE Compensation - and you are right, she was PAID, because given RUSD's performance - she didn't EARN one thin dime. KUSD Superintendent Michelle Hancock earned $195,000. PLUS an UNBELIEVEABLE $61,740 TAX-FREE compensation! Oak Creek Superintendent Sara Burmeister received $153,497. PLUS an UNBELEIVEABLE $55,700 TAX-FREE compensation! This isn't justified - NOT ONE BIT! It is abusing their taxing authority and LOOTING communities!
Richard Head November 23, 2012 at 02:12 AM
Before the *usual suspects* come along with the "poor underpaid teachers" diatribe - because working 180 days and calling it full time is such NONSENSE! KUSD Teachers: LO: $37,295 AVG: $61,872 HI: $74,693 KUSD Avg. Tax-Free Fringe: $36,073! Imagine the tax savings, alone! Oak Creek Teachers: LO: $33,752 AVG: $60,235 HI: $78,059 Oak Creek Avg. Tax-Free Fringe: $29,523 RUSD Teachers: LO: $39,150 AVG: $55,611 HI: $74,242 RUSD Avg Tax-Free Fringe: $18,680.
Richard Head November 23, 2012 at 02:14 AM
"These large reductions accelerated the budget and staffing cuts many districts have been making over the years." These cuts wouldn't be necessary IF Teachers believed in sharing and shared sacrifice. Don't listen to what they say - watch what they do. Also - IF they want to make more - Communities need to see a return on that money spent on education - as in a growing tax base and full employment. They have ALL FAILED! WHERE'S THE BEEF?
Brian Dey November 23, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Also, which wasn't reported here, is that the Superintendent is retired and collecting a pension that exceeds $100,000 annually on top of the current salary. To be fair, she isn't getting any additional pension contributions from RUSD but she is technically costing the taxpayers well above the salary she is getting. Also, comparing slaries to Oak Creek and KUSD isn't a good idea. Both districts are faring much better academically compared to RUSD. Those communities don't mind paying higher taxes when they are getting results. Remember, KUSD is comparitive in size and socio-economics, yet they are at the state average or slightly above or below it. They rolled out a plan nearly seven years ago that got them to that point. They used to have numbers closer to ours, which are 10 to 15 points below state average. We have no plan, but rather improvement is like a dart board. The administration keeps throwing darts and once and a while they get a bullseye. But that is the exception, rather than the norm. They have more money now, than before Act 10, so before someone pipes in about state funding cuts, it is just not the case in RUSD.
Edward Willing November 23, 2012 at 02:32 PM
$28 million was the figure for RUSD, wasn't it? The savings from Act 10....

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