Superintendent Compensation Available Online

State media covers update of Mackinac Center database

Parents, lawmakers, media and education officials may now easily find the latest compensation information for the leader of Michigan school districts, thanks to an updated database maintained by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy.

In September, the Center announced it had updated its superintendent compensation database, which also includes the contracts under which superintendents work. Ben DeGrow, director of education policy for the Center, said information empowers parents and decision makers to make the best choices possible.

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The database includes information provided by districts that responded to the Center’s Freedom of Information Act requests. Approximately 90 percent of districts responded to the requests and the database includes over 500 contracts. Of the information available, 32 superintendents have total estimated compensation packages worth $250,000 or more; 109 receive $200,000 or more each year.

WOOD TV 8 covered the increase in compensation in recent years, particularly among superintendents in West Michigan. One of those is Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neall, who is the second-highest compensated superintendent in Michigan. She receives an estimated total compensation of $319,707 a year.

Mlive also wrote about the release and found the average compensation package for Michigan superintendents to be $171,311.

The database was originally launched in 2012.

Access the database here.

Watch Wood TV 8’s coverage here.

Read Mlive’s report here.

Read The Exponent’s coverage here.


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