Minneapolis Public Schools Administrators Underpaid According to Minneapolis Public Schools Administrators’ Study

Corey Mitchell reports in the StarTribune that Minneapolis Public Schools Superintendent, Bernadeia Johnson, kicked $270k to her administrative staff after reading a report suggesting that they were paid less than comparable administrators in other districts.

I found this sentence particularly interesting:

The pay hikes, retroactive to July 2010, were paid out in lump sums.

What would suggest that Bernadeia Johnson thought her staff was being underpaid at the time they awarded Don Allen a $15,000 contract for truly horrible marketing consulting work.

It’s also the same administration that took more than 4 months to respond to a requests for information from reporters regarding the contract awarded by the MPS.

This is the same administration that didn’t think that $270,000 in salary increases was important enough of a topic to deserve school board approval.

If you’re going to compare the salaries of senior administrative staff to other districts, shouldn’t you also compare the quality of their work?

This part was also interesting:

The raises followed a compensation study by Public Sector Personnel Consultants of Tempe, Ariz., that found that 75 percent of Minneapolis district employees are compensated above market. The same report indicated that 38 percent of senior management was found to be more than 5 percent below the average for people working similar jobs in other school districts. Those employees received checks this summer, [School district spokesman Stan] Alleyne said.

The decision to pay out more than a quarter million dollars was “done out of fairness,” Alleyne said.

Did Supt. Johnson request month back from the 75% of Minneapolis district employees who are being compensated above market? You know, “out of fairness” as Stan Allyne puts it. It sounds like the administration hired a company that ran a study concluding that the administration is nearly the only underpaid group in the entire district. That’s convenient. It’s even more convenient that they were able to find the money to solve the issue the study they funded identified.

4 thoughts on “Minneapolis Public Schools Administrators Underpaid According to Minneapolis Public Schools Administrators’ Study”

  1. Does anyone know if Lowenson received a pay raise? Isn’t he the one that snuck the DWRA2 contract back on the consent agenda? Does he take kick backs from contractors or something?

  2. ugh… especially after the district fought giving retroactive pay increases to both teachers and ESP (education support professionals). I’m glad that the administration gets paid so well, while the people doing the actual work of the district struggle.

  3. Hmmm…

    So, every once in a while you pay a study group to compare other school districts around the country and they tell you exactly what you want to hear. Somebody someplace is making more money. This justifies increasing salaries to that optimal level. Then somewhere a bone headed district (like ours) decides to push the compensation envelope to get the “best of the best” and everybody follows suit by rewarding themselves a big bonus.

    Where does it stop? I don’t see the district lowering any wages. Maybe administrating public education shouldn’t be “Big Business”. These administrators are free to pursue the private employment option if their expertise is so valuable and their current compensation inadequate.

    At a time when federal, state, and local governments are struggling to meet financial demands and 1 out of 10 Americans are out of work, is optimizing administrative salary parity really an important issue? Is it fair to struggling homeowners to see tax dollars thrown at studies and executive compensation for school district employees? Is it fair to the students of failing inner city schools? Are these administrators really so tightly encapsulated in their own little world that they can’t see whats going on around them?

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