Bloomfield Hills' Glass Has 16th-Highest Compensation Package in State
A new database compiled by the The Mackinac Center for Public Policy ranks the salary and benefits earned by Michigan superintendents.
The entire compensation package for Bloomfield Hills Schools Superintendent Rob Glass is among the largest in the state, but not the highest among public school administrators in Oakland County, a new database shows.
According to a new database compiled by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and using 2012 salary and benefit information provided by school districts throughout the state, the total compensation for BHS' superintendent is approximately $259,763. Glass received $190,000 in salary and another $18,000 in insurance benefits, the data shows. Pensions, annuities, and travel allotments were also considered.
Overall, Glass ranked 16th in Michigan, but was behind superintendents in Farmington ($277,867), Troy ($273,615), and Walled Lake ($269,565) school districts in overall compensation.
Bloomfield Hills Schools enrolled roughly 6,000 students last year, the center reported. The second largest district, Utica Community Schools, has the state's top paid superintendent, with a total compensation package of more than $300,000.
"While compensation for superintendents only amounts to about 1 percent of public school spending, the public should have easy access to this particular information,” said Michael Van Beek, Mackinac Center director of education policy, in a press release. “As CEOs of districts and often the highest paid government employee in a local community, superintendent pay deserves an extra level of public scrutiny."
The Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education extended Glass' contract in June, following what Board President Ingrid Day called a 'glowing' performance review. Among the highlights were Glass' leadership during the high school consolidation planning process and subsequent bond millage campaign.
He signed a three-year deal in 2010 that was extended for one year by the board in 2011. Glass took a 5 percent pay cut to help balance the budget last year, but the board restored his full salary for the remainder of his contract in June.
"The impact rob has had in this community in past six months has been extraordinary," Day said. "It has been a game changer for our community and school district."
Here are the total compensation figures for administrators in neighboring school districts:
- Bloomfield Hills School District - $259,763 (16th)
- Birmingham City School District - $253,396 (22nd)
- Oakland Intermediate School District - $246,183 (29th)
- Rochester Community School District – $235,679 (36th)
- Novi Community School District - $233,128 (39th)
- West Bloomfield School District - $230,798 (41st)
The Mackinac Center database includes information on all 606 Michigan districts, including those under an emergency manager and those that have no superintendent.
See the full database at http://www.mackinac.org/depts/epi/salary.aspx.