n The salaries of other district's superintendents and
company CEOs were compared in this week's presentation.
By PAMELA WILLIS
Published: Tuesday, April 12, 2011
5:53 PM EDT
Worthington school board members heard a presentation this
week on superintendent compensation from the search firm
seeking a new leader for the district.
The board met Monday, April 11 at the Worthington Education
Ralph Johnson of the Educational Service Center of Central
Ohio, the firm conducting the search, presented a
"compensation analysis" to come up with an average
superintendent salary, based on Ohio school districts of
similar size to Worthington.
"Our methodology was to go to the Ohio Department of
Education, using district comparisons and contrasting those
to regional private-sector CEO compensations," he said.
He said eight districts were compared: Hilliard, Dublin,
Lakota, Westerville, Mason, Strongsville, Solon and
The average annual superintendent salary based on those
districts was determined to be $158,125, with a $14,905
annuity, car allowance of $7,600, communication allowance of
$1,800 and merit or bonus amount possible of $4,100.
Current Superintendent Melissa Conrath, who will retire in
October, had a salary of $145,700 listed in her current,
three-year contract, which began in 2008, with 2.75 percent
scheduled annual raises, although Conrath opted not to
accept her raise for the 2011-12 school year to save
The deadline for applications for a superintendent to
replace Conrath is Friday, April 15.
Johnson added private-sector data as a comparison to the
superintendent salary, saying, "We've had people ask us why
we don't run schools like a private business, so we thought
we'd include how a typical CEO of a business would be
The CEO's salary, if he or she headed a business with a $100
million budget and 1,200 employees, similar to the school
district, would be $279,583 annually, with a total cash
compensation of $353,490.
He said the source of the private-sector numbers was the
Economic Resource Institute.
Board President Marc Schare said the timeline for the
superintendent search includes a possible date of May 2 for
the first round of interviews. The second round of
interviews is scheduled May 9.
He said the school board hopes to have a superintendent
hired by May 23.
In other board business, members approved the hiring of
Colonial Hills Elementary School teacher Thomas Forsgren as
new principal at Worthington Estates Elementary School, and
Peter Scully, teacher and president of the Worthington
Education Association, as principal of Kilbourne Middle
Jeffrey Maddox, current principal at Phoenix Middle School,
was hired as district director of innovation and support to
replace retiring administrator Jim McElligott.
Vicki Gnezda, communications director, said a new
"director," not a principal, would be hired in the near
future for Phoenix.