Houston Schools Superintendent Highest Paid In State Or Is He

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The Houston Chronicle conducted a study and published its results in mid-March. As part of the Sunshine Week open-records program of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, the newspaper surveyed the compensation packages of superintendents across the state, finding that ten regional superintendents in greater Houston exceed $199,000 in annual salary.

They narrowed their research to Harris, Montgomery, Fort Bend, Galveston and Brazoria counties, looking only at the base salaries for superintendents. Though many compensation packages include car allowances, retirement packages, and performance incentives, such perks would be more difficult to compare. Each contract is negotiated individually and perks vary from contract-to-contract for superintendents.

The study, which focused on the 2004-2005 school year, found that the Houston schools superintendent, Abelardo Saavedra, is the highest paid at $278,100; however, the Houston schools also is the largest district in Texas with a student population of 208,945. That means Saavedra was paid a little more than $1.33 per student.

Second to the Houston schools superintendent is Louis Stoerner at Alief. Stoerner made $271,500 with an enrollment of 45,571 students. Stoerner was paid a little more than $5.95 per student.

Next is David Anthony at Cy-Fair, the second only to the Houston schools as the largest school district in the state. Anthony made $250,000 with an enrollment of 80,000 students. He was paid a little more than $3.12 per student.

Of the smaller school districts, Heath Burns at Angleton was the lowest paid with $117,700 for 6,559 students; however, Burns earned approximately $17.94 per student. La Porte’s Michael Say earned $186,720 for 7,623 students


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