Madison School Superintendent Salary Above Average In State

Superintendent Thomas Scarice's salary is among 27 that are over $200,000. Guilford school's superintendent also in that range. Other area school superintendents getting paid less, but more per student, according to report in New Haven Registe


Besides their hefty six-figure salaries, Connecticut school superintendents also command enviable perks and bonuses, according to a report in the New Haven Register.

Madison School Superintendent Thomas Scarice will make $203,000.00 for 2012-2013. With a total of 3,709 students in the district, that is a cost per student of $54.73. He is allowed $7,000 for mileage, gets 25 vacation days, 18 sick days and five personal days, according to the report.

Here are some other salaries for comparision:

  • In the nearby Guilford school district, Superintendent Paul Freeman will be paid $205,369.00 for 2012-2013. With a total of 3,765 students, that is a cost per student of $54.55. Freeman gets $2,400 for mileage, 25 vacation days and 20 sick days.
  • In Clinton, Superintendent: John Cross will be paid $160,858.00 for 2012-2013. With 2,084 students in the district, that is a cost per student of $77.19. Cross will get $4,800 for mileage, 30 vacation days, 20 sick days, and four personal days.
  • Killingworth is in the Region 17 district, where Superintendent Howard Thiery III will make $162,500.00 for 2012-2013. With 2,542 that is a cost per student of $63.93. Thiery is allowed $3,600 for mileage, 25 vacation days, 20 sick days and four personal days. 
  • Durham is in the Region 13 district, where Superintendent Susan Viccaro will make $160,390.00 for 2012-2013. With 2,126 students, that is a cost per student of $75.44. Viccaro is allowed $4,500 for mileage. She is allowed 25 vacation days, 15 sick days, and five personal days.
  • Westport's Elliot Landon takes home the most pay, at $285,077 ($49.93 per student), followed by Wilton Superintendent Gary Richards at $267,587 ($61.12 per student) and Fairfield Superintendent David Title at $264,500 ($26.57 per student).
  • In Weston, where Scarice used to work, Superintendent Colleen Palmer will make $236,060.00 ($91.32 per student).

According to the analysis by the New Haven Register, the Register-Citizen of Torrington and the Middletown Press, the average pay for a superintendent in Connecticut is about $166,000 a year, with 27 making more than $200,000 per year.

Along with its sister news organizations, including the Middletown Press and the Litchfield County Times, the Register found that the average pay for school superintendents in Connecticut is $166,000 and that they can significantly boost that pay with other negotiated perks and benefits, including compensation for unused sick time, meal allowances, travel pay and bonuses.

The Register included in its story a database of its review of the pay of 148 superintendents, along with links to their contracts.

JC January 02, 2013 at 07:53 PM
God forbid that a rich town like Madison pay teachers more than subsistence living. How is this news? Districts compete for talent just like all professional businesses do! Teaching is no exception. If a town wants a highly qualified educator to lead the district, it is not free and probably (well, never!) not cheap. I am glad the town compensates the man in a comparable way to nearby/similar districts. I wish all districts could attract top talent to lead and teach our *future*!
Sadly No January 02, 2013 at 11:31 PM
It is news because it makes the town looks good. If it makes the town looks good, then Pem will report it. IMO, his first or second year salary is outrageous!
Horace Mann January 03, 2013 at 12:57 AM
If our Madison school chief is among the more highly paid in the region, why does Madison's Assistant Superintendent get paid $200,000?? Anita Rutlin ia about the highest paid in Connecticut. This is what is wrong with our Madison school system: Too many managers and administrators. We should be putting that money where it belongs - - - in the paychecks of our dedicated and talented Madison teachers. It's time to do a payroll review of all these so-called highly and over paid Central Office managers who make more dollars than our great Madison classroom teachers.
M. C. January 03, 2013 at 12:21 PM
The fleecing of America continues.............
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 05:28 PM
I am not sure what Anita Rutlin gets paid, but as someone who has dealt w her many times through two administrations it's my opinion that she's worth every penny she gets. Madison is lucky to have someone who is both competent and caring in that position.
Janet January 03, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Wow, is that right? What does the Board of Ed have to say about that?
M. C. January 03, 2013 at 08:00 PM
You are so right Horace....Unfortunately it's a problem that exists nationwide in almost every municipality. And our kids nationwide are falling farther and farther behind every year in all the industrialized nations.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 03, 2013 at 08:09 PM
It's nice to see so many concerned about the quality of education in our town, and nation. For those who want to learn more about what's going on locally, there are a series of Board of Education meetings and budget workshops, including one tonight at 6 p.m., where the board will be laying out some of its budget priorities. Who gets paid what is interesting, but the big picture is whether the current administration and school board are making adjustments to deal a world that is changing quickly and where our students will need a wide variety of skills to thrive and succeed. If you think they're not ... or that money is being spent in the wrong way, these meetings are a place to start. The budget workshop is tonight at 6 p.m. at 10 Campus Drive, Town Campus.
M. C. January 03, 2013 at 10:57 PM
Pem...The problem with attending those meetings is that they are flooded w/ parents that just want the school system to spend more and more. When residents w/ no kids ever try to speak up about excessive spending, they are shut down quickly by the parents.(My experience when I lived in Milford).....thinking that the more money that is spent, the better educated their kids will become. Most municipalities have already proved that theory wrong. My wife and I do not have any kids, but I am all for the "It takes a village "theory...but the money spent per pupil is just obscene, and getting worse. I believe that Madison has a much stronger family base than other large towns and cities, and that makes a lot of difference in the classroom. Don't quote me on this, but Milford is around the highest tax dollar per student and in the bottom for test scores. I'm not sure what Madison is...I'll have to look it up someday. (Just my opinion)
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 04, 2013 at 12:24 AM
That is often true of the final budget meetings, but not necessarily of the budget workshops and more routine board meetings. Madison does pretty well on test scores and it's my impression that our current superintendent wants to held to a higher standard, in that he wants to implement changes that will prepare students in a broader sense for life beyond high school. I know it's hard to get out to these meetings, but it is interesting to see how our town officials make hard decisions about competing priorities.
Janet January 04, 2013 at 12:19 PM
There is a "hands off" mentality that our Board if Finance takes with the Board of Education budget. In my experience, savings can most always be discovered if someone is asked to look for it. Questions have been raised as to the ratio of administrators to students, and I believe these are valid questions that should be addressed.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 04, 2013 at 06:26 PM
So anyway ... yes, the ratio of administrators to students is always of interest and questions about public employees' salaries are fair game as well. On our front page, I just re-posted the schedule of town meetings, for anyone who might be interested in attending budget hearings or board meetings. If you click on the specific meeting, you can get information about specific agendas/minutes. If you have trouble accessing the Board of Education agenda/minutes let me know. It takes a few extra clicks. If you do decide to go, or peruse the minutes afterwards, and have something to say about it, you are welcome to use Madison Patch as a forum to discuss what you'd like to say. Click on "blogs" on the front page and have your say.
Joan January 06, 2013 at 12:58 AM
The children in our schools have so much social capital that the district being only above average is actually underperforming. School reform is here to stay and it is time that our district stops saying we are good enough.
Michael January 06, 2013 at 04:33 PM
I agree with Joan. The amount going in to the system should mean we exceed the standard by a large margin and not just a small average. I have said it before and I will repeat it until it changes., There is no imaginable reason our High School students should only be required to take math 2 of three trimesters a years when every study shows math and science as a key to advancement. Additionally, I am glad Pem thinks Anita "is both competent and caring" but I prefer that we spend the money on advancing students core-curriculum and not administering it with what clearly is an over-bloated salary system. Along with benefits and we are talking about one-half a millions dollars on two people. That $500,000.00 is more competency and caring then we need when what we need is to focus on student advancement.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 06, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Michael ... Interesting point about the math. It was my impression too that the school system (and probably not just ours) can improve the way they approach math, but I wasn't sure if my opinion was based on anecdotal impressions or was valid. Do most high schools require more math than we do? I agree that a solid grounding in math and science is critically important.
Michael January 07, 2013 at 02:02 PM
Pem, I am a teacher with contacts across the state and we are one of the only school districts with this 2/3's of the year math policy. But let’s not rank our students/children on a state wide basis. You want to look at our competition for student entrance into the top Colleges and Universities in the country. Education Week Magizine ranks Connecticut with a C+ and only 14 in it's national ranking. (see:http://www.edweek.org/ew/qc/2012/16src.h31.html). Globally the U.S. is ranked 32nd in math (see: http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/home/891733-312/u.s._students_rank_32_in.csp.) Parents need to take this information seriously and put pressure on the both $200,000.00 administrators and Board of Education that we demand not state-wide superiority but global competitiveness. We have a system built on focus for students with learning differences (deservingly) and honors bound exceptional learners but we have written off average students with remedial needs. These are the students that we need to assure have a solid education in the math and science based future economy. The current policies are not working and not an efficient use of our property tax dollars. The proof is in the rankings. Thanks for your interest.
Pem McNerney (Editor) January 07, 2013 at 02:10 PM
Excellent point about average students with remedial needs. Thanks for weighing in and for the links. Look forward to checking them out.


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