EDMONTON – Alberta’s education minister says salaries for school superintendents are out of line with the rest of the province and need to be reined in.
David Eggen says he’s looking at a number of options, including a pay cap and a salary grid.
Eggen won’t give a timeline for the changes but says he is working quickly and, in recent months, has stopped approving superintendent salaries, which are negotiated and set by school boards.
He says he has not signed off on the $430,000 annual package for Alberta’s highest-paid superintendent, Joan Carr of the Edmonton Catholic School Board.
A consultant’s report prepared for the Alberta School Boards Association reveals that superintendent pay has risen by 10 per cent in recent years while pay in other public sectors has been flat or reduced.
The report says Alberta superintendents are getting more than $200,000 a year on average in base pay alone — higher than in Saskatchewan, Ontario and British Columbia.