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05 Oct 2006 - 01:32
So Christopher was sitting in his English class today, and his teacher was looking at her email (she's seeming pretty good, btw) and she accidentally displayed a message to the staff from Ralph Napolitano, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, aka the person who squashed my Singapore Math class, on the Smart Board. The message said he'd "made a deal with Yorktown." I'm quite certain Ralph's email did not say he'd made a deal with Yorktown. I'm quite certain Ralph's email said the following:
At last night's meeting of the Yorktown Board of Education, I was appointed Assistant Superintendent of Schools there through May 31, 2007. Effective on June 1st, I will assume the position of Superintendent of Schools in Yorktown School District, etc., etc. source:
Ralph has been working for IUFSD since the fall of 2004. Two years. Over and out.
Although Ralph (presumably) did not say "made a deal," he might just as well have. His salary, excluding benefits, is at least $200,000; it could be $250,000. I don't know what it is exactly, because our district aggregates figures; we're given figures for the superintendent's office as a whole, not for individuals. If you ask for a precise figure at a Board meeting the administrator in question tells you he "can get that information for you."* Health insurance probably adds another 10% to that and he has a pension for life. Not a 401K. A pension. We pay Ralph Napolitano $250,000 a year to blame a catastrophic decline in 8th grade ELA scores on 2 teachers taking leave and 18 low-scoring students moving into the community. I don't know any other job category in which a person can make this kind of income and take zero responsibility for disasters that occur on his watch.
* The precise figures are probably findable. The state of New York does have sunshine laws, and our district does, in theory, observe them. However, I don't feel like spending the next several hours or days of my life digging through Board minutes to ferret it out. Whatever we pay Ralph to suppress parent-taught courses and scapegoat new students on 504Cs, it is too much.
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(inappropriate outburst deleted by author) -- VlorbikDotCom - 05 Oct 2006
Isn't that more than the US President gets paid? And the President stands for election every four years. -- TracyW - 05 Oct 2006
Current salary for the POTUS is $400,000/year, so it's a bit less. It's likely higher than the state governor's salary, which seems to have been $179,000/year in 2001. -- DougSundseth - 05 Oct 2006
Well, when Abe Saavedra was named superintendent of the Houston public schools in December 2004, his salary + bonuses + perks package was almost $400K, with a base pay of $270K. The EdWonks? had a couple of articles on it. As of (some year), "[t]he median expected salary for a typical Superintendent in the United States is $72,317." Source: salary.com Oh, but the winner in Texas is the superintendent from Dallas, whose base pay for the 2005-2006 school year (the most recent data I can find) is $312,650. -- GoogleMaster - 05 Oct 2006
Oh, for some reason I thought the U.S. president only made about $100,000 or so. -- TracyW - 06 Oct 2006
(inappropriate outburst deleted by author) Now see, V, this was the one occasion on which an inappropriate outburst by author just might have made it past the network censor -- CatherineJohnson - 06 Oct 2006
My personal favorite is Ralph Napolitano getting $250,000 (I presume) to spin and blame-shift a catastrophic drop in ELA scores. Why exactly do we need to pay someone to say, Yeah the scores stink, but that's 'cause of 504C dunderheads moving into the district and screwing up "our" scores and the test doesn't matter anyway. Making excuses and blowing things off isn't in the job description. As far as I know. Even if it is, we don't need to pay somebody to make excuses and blow things off. We can do that for free. -- CatherineJohnson - 06 Oct 2006