Capital Region

The highest-paid school superintendents for next school year; 11 Capital District leaders to see $200K+

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L. Oliver Robinson

Eleven Capital Region school superintendents will register salaries topping $200,000 next school year as superintendent pay around the region is set to increase by 1 percent, according to newly-released state data.

The average salary for superintendents in the seven counties surrounding the state capital – Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga, Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie and Rensselaer counties – is set to increase from just over $168,500 this year to just over $170,000 next school year, a roughly 1 percent increase.

Total compensation for superintendents grew by a similar amount, with total pay across the region for superintendents averaging around $217,000.

As part of annual budget development, school districts must disclose the salary and total compensation for superintendents and all other administrators reaching a certain pay threshold. The data was updated Friday. This year’s reporting threshold was for salaries slated to top $143,000 next school year.

Accounting for all positions at that level – primarily building principals and top central office officials – the average salary for the region’s highest-paid school administrators is set to increase from just over $156,000 this school year to $157,500 next school year, a less than 1 percent increase. 

Superintendents and other educators regularly see their salaries increase around two percent each year as many contracts guarantee annual pay increases. But this year’s increase in average superintendent salary and other administrator pay across the region represents a smaller increase than in most recent years. 

At this time last year, the average pay of the highest-paid administrators was set to rise over 2 percent from the previous year as districts asked voters to approve challenging budgets amid a tenuous financial outlook in many districts. 

This year’s budget outlook has improved significantly after massive federal stimulus bolstered the state’s budget and the state economy has started to improve as people emerge from the pandemic. The proposed budgets up for voter approval this week envision a return to daily in-person instruction for all students, though the specifics of what the next school year will look like still remain uncertain. 

North Colonie plans to pay 17 administrators at or above the $143,000 salary threshold next school year, according to the state data, the most of any district in the region, followed by Albany with 16 positions and South Colonie, Shenendehowa and Guilderland all with 11 of the positions. 

Shenendehowa Superintendent L. Oliver Robinson remains the highest-paid educator in the Capital Region, with a salary of more than $240,000 slated for next school year and a total compensation package topping $315,000 – his third consecutive year topping $300,000 in total pay.

Ten superintendents in the region are set for total compensation next school year topping $250,000. Here’s a look at the region’s highest-paid superintendents (based on salary, benefits and other compensation):

  • L. Oliver Robinson, Shenendehowa superintendent: $317,044
  • David Perry, South Colonie superintendent: $287,331
  • John Carmello, Troy superintendent: $279,409
  • Kaweeda Adams, Albany superintendent: $278,525
  • Patrick McGrath, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake superintendent: $277,671
  • Marie Wiles, Guilderland superintendent: $272,679
  • Ken Slentz, Ballston Spa superintendent: $268,672
  • Cosimo Tangorra Jr., Niskayuna superintendent: $264,774
  • Jeffrey Simons, East Greenbush superintendent: $262,809
  • Joseph Corr, North Colonie superintendent: $252,402

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