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ERIC Number: ED441073
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
Pages: 9
Abstractor: N/A
Urban School Superintendents: Characteristics, Tenure, and Salary. Second Biennial Survey.
Urban Indicator, v52 n2 Mar 2000
This report presents data on school superintendent characteristics, tenure, and salaries. Data come from 1999 surveys of member cities of the Council of the Great City Schools (GCS) and from the 1997 survey and pertinent national superintendent data for comparison. Survey forms were sent to the board of education secretary in each member district. Respondents provided information on gender, race/ethnicity, salary, benefits, and bonuses for their districts' superintendents. Results indicate that the average tenure of a major city school district superintendent is now only 2 1/3 years, down from 2 3/4 years in 1997. The average tenure nationally was about 7 1/2 years for men and 5 years for women in 1997. Only 18 percent of all superintendents expressed interest in being the superintendent of a large, urban school district. The shortage problem in superintendents is also a retention problem. The data show that salaries for urban superintendents have increased over the last several years as demand has risen. The average bonus for GCS superintendents was $11,362 in 1999. The average benefit package for GCS superintendents cost $37,011 in 1999. Finally, the results show a great deal of diversity in the ranks of the urban superintendency. (SM)
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Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Council of the Great City Schools, Washington, DC.
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