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Interim Superintendent's Pay Just Slightly Above State Average

Interim Superintendent of Manchester Schools Richard Kisiel makes roughly $170,000 in compensation annual from the school district.

Interim Superintendent of Manchester Public Schools Richard Kisiel earns roughly $170,000 annual in compensation from the school district, placing him just slightly over the average pay of $166,000 annually for school superintendents in Connecticut, according to a recent report from the New Haven Register

Kisiel, who has served as interim superintendent since October of 2011, signed a new contract with the school district in July of 2012 to stay on in an interim basis for an undetermined amount of time, but the deal also altered Kisiel's compensation structure. That contract can be viewed here. Previously, Kisiel's deal paid him the same daily salary, $597 a school day, as the equivalent daily value of former Superintendent Kathleen Ouellette, who left the district in October of 2011 to take the superintendent position in Waterbury. 

Kisiel's contract breaks down to $76,500 in base salary and a series of contributions to annuity and retirement funds by the school system on his behalf that total approximately $93,500. Broken down by cost per student, Kisiel earns roughly $24.77 for each of the 6,863 students in the Manchester Public Schools system. 

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Ouellette makes $205,000 in total compensation at her new position in Waterbury, which breaks down to $11.75 per each of the 17,445 students in the Waterbury public school system. 

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

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.

Some school superintendents earn more than $200,000 annually and get tens of thousands more each year in perks, the newspapers found. Many also get generous benefit packages that include up to a month of vacation time and several weeks of sick time that can be accrued and then paid out if unused.

While the average annual pay for a school superintendent in Connecticut is $166,000, many school leaders make more than that, the report states. In West Hartford, for instance, Superintendent Karen List makes $230,000 annually with a tax-sheltered annuity included. That makes her the 14th highest paid superintendent in Connecticut.

Disheartened January 05, 2013 at 05:51 PM
All salaries should be reduced. Many have others doing their work and reporting to them. Too many assistants for the the supers. Need to downsize so maybe they could do thee job that they were hired for.
Frank January 05, 2013 at 06:37 PM
Seems to me like supers should be making about 10 times as much, executives that head up companies in the business world with a similar number of employees and far less important missions make like 200 times as much as the average employee. In Manchester it looks like the super is making less than twice that of your average building principal, there are even some assistant principals who make about as much as the super because they work other jobs like night school and alternative ed programs in town. If we want the smartest and best leaders in education then shouldn't we have our salaries compete with the business world so we can get the best and brightest to focus there energies on making the world a better place for future generations instead of say figuring out how to raise ATM fees or cancel people's insurance when they get sick. Just saying.
James Bond January 05, 2013 at 06:56 PM
Based on what Dr. Kisiel has done and the vision he's set forth for Manchseter makes him worth it,if not more.Now if only the BOE of Manchester would treat teachers the same way and not as people who just show up( Malloy comment).Also I wonder if Malloy feels the same way now that two of the teachers in Newtown,who were not yet tenured,gave their lives by just showing up that December morning.Do you Danny?
Joel Mrosek January 05, 2013 at 07:28 PM
There is a certain irony to teaching. ALL teachers say they didn't enter the field for money, however, no union is more vocal and powerful about their salary and compensation packages. (also, how they work 180 days a year, but claim it really is a full time job. I love the one about 3rd grade teachers staying up late to grade papers or do lesson plans. Perhaps your first year, then it is 30 years of autopilot)
Frank January 05, 2013 at 11:25 PM
I'm guessing Joel isn't a teacher. Doing a job that is good for people and intrinsically rewarding doesn't mean people shouldn't be paid for the time they give, the responsibilities they have, and the educational requirements necessary. When is the last time you heard someone say "doctors shouldn't get paid, they took an oath to help people in need, how dare they demand to be paid as well?!?" Same goes for teachers, if you want to pay teachers less than you need to lessen their responsibilities, their educational requirements, and the amount of time they spend working after school hours. If teaching was such a sweet money making scam, as is the implication that fiscal conservatives always push in an attempt to attack unions, then why isn't there a giant surplus of teachers? Also all unions are vocal and powerful about salary, compensation packages, and working conditions because that is the reason all unions were formed, it's pretty much the definition of a union. I'm mad at this water for being wet.
Frank January 05, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Firefighters shouldn't get paid as full time employes because they are only actively fighting fires like a total of 10 days a year. How dare they! And don't get me started on the police, if they are not arresting then they shouldn't get paid! These horrible public employes robbing us blind! If my house isn't on fire, I don't have a kid in school, or I'm not having invaders arrested at my house then I shouldn't have to pay for these services in my properly taxes! Signed people who are mad at teachers and mad at unions.
James Bond January 06, 2013 at 02:22 AM
Hey Joel,................what Frank said!
James Bond January 06, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Fine, you take a pay cut too. Fair is fair.
Joel Mrosek January 06, 2013 at 12:58 PM
Frank, you missed the obvious point I was making. The irony of how teachers always claim not to enter the profession for the money BUT are the loudest group clamoring for more money, year in and year out. Teachers want to be perceived at martyrs, but then do everything in their power to get more money. As far as doctors, police or firefighters, they don't stand on a soapbox proclaiming they didn't enter the field for the money. (Well, doctors sometimes do and have excercised their monopoly power for at least a century. But now with salarys for doctors falling, fewer people are choosing that field) I am sorry if you missed the obvious point. I will try to use fewer syllables.
Frank January 06, 2013 at 01:27 PM
I think teachers say that because it is a way of dealing with the fact that they are continually attacked by the community at large for being greedy, lazy, and inept despite the continued increase in workplace expectations and their continued increase in productivity. Doctors, police, and firefighters don't stand up and say this because they don't need to, they are generally treated with respect from the community at large. The police can even stop arresting people to avoid the paperwork and trouble if they get a contract they don't like or a chief they hate. I don't think it is the goal for teachers to be perceived as martyrs although as has been clearly demonstrated recently, they sometimes become actual martyrs who sacrifice their lives for their students. I know you want to suggest that I am stupid for not understanding your "obvious" point and that is cool. Now I will suggest you are insensitive and cruel for throwing around the concept that teachers are just pretending to really care when all they really want is money, at this time in our states' history. Really? Now I can surmise from reading your posts on the patch that perhaps you believe the government should have a much smaller role in our lives. That is a legitimate argument. If you think we should privatize education and let the market determine teacher salary and benefits then that is ok, however don't demean our current teachers as part of your argument. It's not necessary to prove your point and it's not cool.
Kevin John January 06, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Hot 93.7 Tell me why ya mad?! I am Mad because I didn't go to college and get a teacher education degree (4 years), then go to graduate school to get a master degree (2 years), then back to school to get a Sixth year (2 years), again back to school to get a Doctorate (3 years) and in Dr. Kisiel case back to school a 5th time to get a superintendent license which is like another 2 year masters program. So I am mad for not going to school for an 13 additional years after high school, and I am also mad that I am not the one to make 170,000 dollars to try and right the sinking ship. Hot 93.7 tell me ya mad?! I am Mad that people outside of me make money. Come on guy, be mad a CEO's of fortunate 500's economizing on private sector pay and jobs not on public sectors paying what they should.
James Bond January 06, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Sarcasm,what a lovely touch.It completely undermines your post.
Danniel DeLong January 22, 2013 at 11:55 PM
When your are doing a good job as he is he is worth it and more. I would glady give him a rasise before we loose him. He is one of kind. Great job!

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