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  •  Are there school administrators making 7 (0+ / 0-)

    figures? I have not heard of any.

    (Good) administrators work more days and longer hours than teachers, so it's not unreasonable for them to be paid more. In some districts, it does get excessive.

    Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

    by elfling on Sun Nov 27, 2011 at 09:10:11 PM PST

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    •  yes I think they work 10-11 months depending (2+ / 0-)
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      the school district and the state. In my small college town, the superintendent of schools makes around 350-450k per year.  And this is an area where the cost of living and wages are quite low.

      So most find it excessive in my region of the country but may find that average or reasonable in other areas where wages overall are higher.

    •  There is more and there is many times more (2+ / 0-)
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      As far as working longer hours.  I doubt it.  The good teachers I know spend ungodly hours in planning and prep time and going over student work.  I topped out at 36K as a teacher before deciding the testing and the BS was more than I could take for what I would make at the end of my career.

      •  Our admins (1+ / 0-)
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        are obligated to show up for dances, for sports, and for a lot of extracurricular activity times. (Not all for each admin, but many; they need to be covered by someone.) They tend to be the first on site in the morning and I see them there fairly late into the evening.

        Teachers also work very long hours, of course. I was the teacher's kid who sat in my mother's classroom late into the evening. I have no illusions there.

        In your school, it may be that teachers did that duty.

        I should add that our admins don't make $300k, either. It's a small district and administrators' salaries here are closer to teachers' salaries than to those stratospheric numbers for big city superintendents.

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 09:31:29 AM PST

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        •  3 Cheers for teachers' kids!!! You all really do (0+ / 0-)

          A LOT of work for schools, and spend hours upon hours patiently waiting in classrooms to finally leave school.  How many days of summer vacations did you spend out helping to get rooms set-up?  

          Plutocracy (noun) Greek ploutokratia, from ploutos wealth; 1) government by the wealthy; 2) 21st c. U.S.A.; 3) 22nd c. The World

          by bkamr on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 01:36:35 PM PST

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          •  My mom used to stay until well after dark (1+ / 0-)
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            sometimes until 8 or 9. She was a high school math teacher, and I worked my way through all of her logic puzzles and extra credit materials. I spun around the room on a rolly chair. I read a lot of books.

            The one benefit was that her classroom had the school's computer, an Apple II+...

            Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

            by elfling on Mon Nov 28, 2011 at 08:37:59 PM PST

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        •  The school I taught in the longest the principal (0+ / 0-)

          never came to anything at night except for the Fall Open House.  The teachers were always the ones putting in the long days and extra days.

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