You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to myAJC.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and bonus content- exclusively for subscribers. Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks

X

Welcome to myAJC.com

This subscriber-only site gives you exclusive access to breaking news, in-depth coverage, exclusive interactives and bonus content.

You can read free articles of your choice a month that are only available on myAJC.com.

Superintendent salaries and perks


Fulton County’s school system named Phil Lanoue on Friday as its finalist to become superintendent.

The average tenure of a school superintendent in a large district such as Fulton is just three years, but it comes with a hefty salary and many benefits.

Here’s a breakdown of the base salaries of the current superintendents in metro Atlanta’s four largest school systems, along with five benefits each of them receive. The information is based on an Atlanta Journal-Constitution review of their current contracts.

Meria Carstarphen, Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent

Base salary: $375,000

  • $1,200 monthly car allowance.
  • $800 monthly expense allowance.
  • The school district pays 10 percent of her salary toward her retirement plan, plus Georgia Teacher Retirement System contribution and contributions to a separate plan in line with the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS).
  • Gets paid for as many as 30 unused vacation days.
  • The school district pays for home Internet service, home office equipment, her and her family’s health insurance premiums and her annual physical exam.

 

Stephen Green, DeKalb County School District Superintendent

Base salary: $300,000

  • $2,600 a month in expenses.
  • $750 a month in transportation expenses.
  • $24,000 a year toward his retirement plan.
  • $15,000 annual bonus for each year he’s retained as superintendent.
  • A term life insurance policy for $300,000.

 

Chris Ragsdale, Cobb County School District Superintendent

Base salary: $275,000

  • $700 a month car allowance
  • Can get paid for up to 20 unused vacation days.
  • 2 percent of his salary in a tax annuity plan.
  • Can serve as a consultant to other school districts.
  • The school district pays 100% of his membership in organizations such as the American Association of School Administrators.

 

J. Alvin Wilbanks, Gwinnett County Public Schools Superintendent

Base salary: $299,809

  • Receives a $6,250 monthly longevity supplement.
  • $3,500 monthly retirement supplement.
  • $1,500 monthly transportation allowance.
  • $1,200 a month in expenses.
  • Can work off-site for as many as 12 days a year.

LEARN MORE: SUPERINTENDENTS' SALARIES

» PHOTOS: Pay and perks for Metro Atlanta school superintendents

» INTERACTIVE MAP: How much do Georgia's superintendents really make?

» DOCUMENT: Read Philip Lanoue's vitae


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Education

Agnes Scott College President Elizabeth Kiss to step down
Agnes Scott College President Elizabeth Kiss to step down

Agnes Scott College President Elizabeth Kiss announced Monday her plans to step down in June 2018, at the end of her twelfth year as head of the private women’s college. Beth Holder, who chairs Agnes Scott’s Board of Trustees, credited Kiss with improving the school’s national reputation and bolstering enrollment during a time when...
Harrison High remembers Cobb teen killed by tree in camping accident
Harrison High remembers Cobb teen killed by tree in camping accident

Four red heart balloons tied to a bench at Harrison High School swayed in the pre-storm wind Monday afternoon. Each had a word on it. “Go. Go. Spread. Positivity.” They were put there by friends of Joelle Dalgleish, the Cobb County sophomore who died Sunday morning after a tree fell on her hammock while on a birthday...
Are our school classrooms too loud to learn?
Are our school classrooms too loud to learn?

An educational researcher and Decatur parent says schools often ignore a major detriment to student learning, noise levels. While schools have eliminated many major threats to children’s well-being including lead, asbestos, cigarette smoke and junk food, Dr. C. Aiden Downey says they ignore noise pollutants. Schools allow HVAC or construction...
Historically black colleges view Trump administration warily, but also with some optimism
Historically black colleges view Trump administration warily, but also with some optimism

Since taking office, President Donald Trump has pledged "unwavering support" for the critical educational missions of historically black colleges and universities, invited leaders of those institutions to the White House and even dispatched his Education secretary to deliver her first commencement address of graduation season at one of the...
Clark Atlanta University honors African American space pioneer
Clark Atlanta University honors African American space pioneer

Clark Atlanta University is awarding an honorary degree to Katherine Johnson, the late-in-life celebrity depicted by actress Taraji P. Henson in the movie ‘Hidden Figures.’ Johnson, 98, will be unable to make it to the Monday commencement, but the historic black college and university was able to produce and share the video below of...
More Stories