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."

Worthy investment

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."

Local comparisons

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.

Bloomfield1876 February 22, 2013 at 04:13 PM
Its good to be in public education.
Neal Charness February 22, 2013 at 07:43 PM
The Mackinac Center does have an agenda: whether you agree or disagree is your decision--pretending it's not their is hiding your head in the sand.
Mac February 22, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Mr. Glass has been a tremendous asset to the BHSD. We are lucky to have him leading this district, which in its own way can be a very tough task. It looks like his salary is in range with other metro area superintendents, and is at market value for his position. I'm not finding a lot of news value in that. Given the work he's put in over the last two years, and the turmoil he walked into, we've gotten a bargain.
J Arch February 22, 2013 at 11:03 PM
If the Mackinac Center believes that superintendent compensation in Michigan is 1% of public school spending, based on BHSD's $82 million budget it looks like Rob is a bargain at .3 %. J. Wagner
a worker February 23, 2013 at 10:50 PM
The bottom line should be this... If snyone is forced to take a pay cut EVERYONE should do the same (including teachers, administrators, secrataries, cooks.... EVERYONE). Not just the little guy at the bottom ( by little guy... I mean the custodians). How can you people sleep at night knowing that the custodians are losing their homes? Losing their cars? Losing everything they have ever worked for? All because of the Greed of the administration and teachers. Please remember this ... It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of Heaven.


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