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Connecticut School Superintendents Get High Pay and Perks

With pay of just over $150,000 annually, Mansfield's Superintendent Fred Baruzzi and Region 19 Superintendent Bruce Silva are below the state average pay for school district leaders. Some make more than $200,000 annually.

Besides their hefty six-figure salaries, Connecticut school superintendents also command enviable perks and bonuses, according to a report in the New Haven Register.

Along with its sister news organizations, including the Middletown Press and the Litchfield County Times, the Register found that the average pay for school superintendents in Connecticut is $166,000 and that they can significantly boost that pay with other negotiated perks and benefits, including compensation for unused sick time, meal allowances, travel pay and bonuses.

Mansfield's School Superintendent, Fred Baruzzi, earns $151,573, which puts him below the state average pay for a school leader. At that level of pay it costs Mansfield $118.69 per student for the superintendent's salary, according to the report.

Region 19 Superintendent, Bruce Silva, earns $151,914, which is also below the state average pay for a school district leader. With 1,173 students enrolled at E.O. Smith Regional High School, that's a cost of $129.51 per student, according to the report.

The Register included in its story a database of its review of the pay of 148 superintendents, along with links to their contracts.

Some school superintendents earn more than $200,000 annually and get tens of thousands more each year in perks, the newspapers found. Many also get generous benefit packages that include up to a month of vacation time and several weeks of sick time that can be accrued and then paid out if unused.

While the average annual pay for a school superintendent in Connecticut is $166,000, many school leaders make more than that, the report states. In West Hartford, for instance, Superintendent Karen List makes $230,000 annually with a tax-sheltered annuity included. That makes her the 14th highest paid superintendent in Connecticut.

In Berlin, School Superintendent David Erwin earns $203,000 annually, according to the report.

K January 03, 2013 at 03:35 PM
Mansfield's teachers and administrators deserve the pay they receive and more. They work hard, give students and parents personal attention, communicate regularly and effectively and continue to make their schools an exceptional learning environment. I am proud to say I live in Mansfield and send my children to the best schools in CT. FYI Mr. Baruzzi personally stood outside yesterday to welcome back Mansfield Middle School Students!!
Kevin January 03, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Well he has effectively kept the school budget at $0 increase for years now, along with pushing off needed building maintenance, below average or no raises for teachers and staff. He's now in the perfect position to push his 2 new school proposal through. He will reduce his schools operating cost by $850,000+ by laying offs teachers, staff and administrators. Then when he can push for a school budget increase on the merit that there hasn't been one in years and give himself that well deserved raise. The town will approve it based on his brilliant operational savings and not only did we all get our taxes increased by thousands a year for new schools maybe we'll also have the one of the highest paid superintendent in CT. What a deal! NO NEW SCHOOLS! SAVE OUR COMMUNITIES.

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