Madison School Superintendent Salary Above Average In State

Superintendent Thomas Scarice's salary is among 27 that are over $200,000. Guilford school's superintendent also in that range. Other area school superintendents getting paid less, but more per student, according to report in New Haven Registe


Besides their hefty six-figure salaries, Connecticut school superintendents also command enviable perks and bonuses, according to a report in the New Haven Register.

Madison School Superintendent Thomas Scarice will make $203,000.00 for 2012-2013. With a total of 3,709 students in the district, that is a cost per student of $54.73. He is allowed $7,000 for mileage, gets 25 vacation days, 18 sick days and five personal days, according to the report.

Here are some other salaries for comparision:

  • In the nearby Guilford school district, Superintendent Paul Freeman will be paid $205,369.00 for 2012-2013. With a total of 3,765 students, that is a cost per student of $54.55. Freeman gets $2,400 for mileage, 25 vacation days and 20 sick days.
  • In Clinton, Superintendent: John Cross will be paid $160,858.00 for 2012-2013. With 2,084 students in the district, that is a cost per student of $77.19. Cross will get $4,800 for mileage, 30 vacation days, 20 sick days, and four personal days.
  • Killingworth is in the Region 17 district, where Superintendent Howard Thiery III will make $162,500.00 for 2012-2013. With 2,542 that is a cost per student of $63.93. Thiery is allowed $3,600 for mileage, 25 vacation days, 20 sick days and four personal days. 
  • Durham is in the Region 13 district, where Superintendent Susan Viccaro will make $160,390.00 for 2012-2013. With 2,126 students, that is a cost per student of $75.44. Viccaro is allowed $4,500 for mileage. She is allowed 25 vacation days, 15 sick days, and five personal days.
  • Westport's Elliot Landon takes home the most pay, at $285,077 ($49.93 per student), followed by Wilton Superintendent Gary Richards at $267,587 ($61.12 per student) and Fairfield Superintendent David Title at $264,500 ($26.57 per student).
  • In Weston, where Scarice used to work, Superintendent Colleen Palmer will make $236,060.00 ($91.32 per student).

According to the analysis by the New Haven Register, the Register-Citizen of Torrington and the Middletown Press, the average pay for a superintendent in Connecticut is about $166,000 a year, with 27 making more than $200,000 per year.

Along with its sister news organizations, including the Middletown Press and the Litchfield County Times, the Register found that the average pay for school superintendents in Connecticut is $166,000 and that they can significantly boost that pay with other negotiated perks and benefits, including compensation for unused sick time, meal allowances, travel pay and bonuses.

The Register included in its story a database of its review of the pay of 148 superintendents, along with links to their contracts.

Joan January 06, 2013 at 12:58 AM
The children in our schools have so much social capital that the district being only above average is actually underperforming. School reform is here to stay and it is time that our district stops saying we are good enough.
Michael January 06, 2013 at 04:33 PM
I agree with Joan. The amount going in to the system should mean we exceed the standard by a large margin and not just a small average. I have said it before and I will repeat it until it changes., There is no imaginable reason our High School students should only be required to take math 2 of three trimesters a years when every study shows math and science as a key to advancement. Additionally, I am glad Pem thinks Anita "is both competent and caring" but I prefer that we spend the money on advancing students core-curriculum and not administering it with what clearly is an over-bloated salary system. Along with benefits and we are talking about one-half a millions dollars on two people. That $500,000.00 is more competency and caring then we need when what we need is to focus on student advancement.
Pem McNerney January 06, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Michael ... Interesting point about the math. It was my impression too that the school system (and probably not just ours) can improve the way they approach math, but I wasn't sure if my opinion was based on anecdotal impressions or was valid. Do most high schools require more math than we do? I agree that a solid grounding in math and science is critically important.
Michael January 07, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Pem, I am a teacher with contacts across the state and we are one of the only school districts with this 2/3's of the year math policy. But let’s not rank our students/children on a state wide basis. You want to look at our competition for student entrance into the top Colleges and Universities in the country. Education Week Magizine ranks Connecticut with a C+ and only 14 in it's national ranking. (see:http://www.edweek.org/ew/qc/2012/16src.h31.html). Globally the U.S. is ranked 32nd in math (see: http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/home/891733-312/u.s._students_rank_32_in.csp.) Parents need to take this information seriously and put pressure on the both $200,000.00 administrators and Board of Education that we demand not state-wide superiority but global competitiveness. We have a system built on focus for students with learning differences (deservingly) and honors bound exceptional learners but we have written off average students with remedial needs. These are the students that we need to assure have a solid education in the math and science based future economy. The current policies are not working and not an efficient use of our property tax dollars. The proof is in the rankings. Thanks for your interest.
Pem McNerney January 07, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Excellent point about average students with remedial needs. Thanks for weighing in and for the links. Look forward to checking them out.


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