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SCHOOLS: Superintendents should share the pain

Letter by Andy Asmussen, Puyallup on Aug. 30, 2011 at 12:59 pm | 36 Comments »
August 30, 2011 12:59 pm

Did you see the story (TNT, 8-29) about Fresno County School Superintendent Larry Powell retiring so he could give up his regular salary of $250,000 per year and be rehired at the greatly reduced salary of $31,020 per year for the next three years?

Whoa! Makes me wonder what Tony Apostle in Puyallup and Al Jarvis in Tacoma could be thinking right now.

Now I know, while all things being what they are, and not all things being equal (Powell has 195,000 students and 35 school districts to manage; Apostle and Jarvis, not so many), each superintendent has much in similar.

Salaries are slightly different, but all are members of the $200,0000-per-year-plus club. Each is looking forward to retirement real soon.

So I got to thinking about our two local guys. Like maybe them doing something like Powell. You know, like giving back to the communities that gave them jobs that paid them so well – so well that they can both can afford to retire next year.

So how about it, guys? After all, Larry can do it. He says he’s doing it for “his” kids, for their futures. So why not you, too? Do it for our kids, and their tomorrows. What will you leave for them?

Even just a less overly compensated replacement would be nice.

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