Alberta reviews school superintendent pay amid concerns of high salaries

By The Canadian Press
March 12, 2018 - 12:32pm

EDMONTON -  Alberta's education minister has begun a review of salaries paid to school superintendents.

David Eggen says there is a wide gap among contracts and he is concerned some superintendents are being paid too little and some are getting too much.
All districts must forward the employment contracts of their superintendents to his department by Friday and Eggen says it's possible some people could see a pay cut following the review.   
The review comes after a survey made public last month found Alberta superintendents are paid ``significantly higher'' salaries than their counterparts in Ontario, Saskatchewan and B-C and got a 10 per cent hike between 2015 and 2016 while teachers' salaries have stayed flat.
Eggen says he wants the review done as quickly as possible and he will not be approving any new superintendent contracts in the meantime.

That includes not signing off on a $430,000 annual package for Alberta's highest-paid superintendent Joan Carr of the Edmonton Catholic School Board.

Barry Litun of the College of Alberta School Superintendents says it's problematic to have contracts being held in limbo and he wants to work with Eggen on the review.


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