LIVONIA, Mich. — Livonia Public Schools, which has closed 10 buildings in the last four years and cut bus routes by 30 percent, gave Superintendent Randy Liepa a $50,000 raise Monday night, according to The Detroit News.

"We don't want to lose him," board member Daniel Lessard told The News. "He's one of the best superintendents in the state."

Liepa's compensation will jump to $199,400, The News reported.

Sharif Shakrani, co-director of the Education Policy Center at Michigan State University, told The News that, "It's not unusual for superintendents to earn around $200,000 to $250,000 a year, so I'm not surprised."

The Detroit News' research shows otherwise. The American Association of School Administrators says the average salary for superintendents in districts of between 10,000 and 24,999 students is $164,376. Livonia has about 16,000 students, The News reported.

The Detroit News, "Livonia board defends super's raise," Oct. 20, 2010

Michigan Capitol Confidential, "$300k Superintendent Defends His Compensation," Sept. 25, 2010

Michigan Education Report, "Professor says consolidation study misapplied his work," Sept. 7, 2010

Mackinac Center for Public Policy, "Plagiarism at MSU? You Decide," Aug. 24, 2010