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Green Bay Area School District employee salaries

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Green Bay Area School District employee salaries are public records under the Wisconsin Open Records Law.

Salaries

In the 2010-2011 annual budget provided by Green Bay Area Public Schools, salaries accounted for $129,019,359 (55.4%) of the total budget and benefits accounted for $64,696,010 (27.8%) of the total budget. The total operating budget for 2010-2011 was $233,092,461.[1]

The district expected 70 staff, including teachers, counselors, social workers and administrators, to retire on January 20, 2012.[2]

Year Operating budget
FY 2009-10 (actual) $238,859,193
FY 2010-11 (adopted) $244,237,901

Salary information

A searchable database provided by DataMine provides access to Wisconsin teacher salaries from various counties and districts and is searchable by name.[3] Of the 103 positions listed, one position receives over $150,000 and twenty-four positions receive over $100,000 annually.[4]

Title Degree School Salary
Superintendent N/A N/A $186,000
Assistant Superintendent N/A N/A $123,524
Assistant Superintendent N/A N/A $116,113
Assistant Superintendent N/A N/A $123,524
Associate Director N/A N/A $99,607
Coordinator Attendance N/A N/A $41,058
Principal 6-year Specialist’s degree Elementary school $90,261
Assistant Principal Master’s degree High school $92,896
Principal Master’s degree Elementary $83,040
School Psychologist N/A Elementary $62,675
Teacher Bachelor’s Elementary school $44,215*
Teacher Bachelor’s High school $45,225*
Teacher Master’s Elementary school $61,185*
Teacher Master’s High school $57,195*

(*) Salary numbers represent random selections from a vast database. High volumes of data prevent determining averages and make all-inclusive lists difficult to produce.

Top 10 highest paid workers

Top ten school administrator salaries, provided by The Green Bay Press Gazette:[5]

Title Annual salary (maximum)
Superintendent $186,000
Assistant Superintendent $123,524
Assistant Superintendent $123,524
Assistant Superintendent $116,113
Executive Director $113,705*
Principal (High School) $110,428*
Executive Director $110,428**
Executive Director, Southwest $109,157
Associate Principal $108,263
Principal (Middle school) $108,263

(*)Two additional similar positions receive the same salary. (**) One additional similar position receives the same salary.

Projected pension cost

The Green Bay Area School District agreement between the Board of Education of the Green Bay Area School District and the Green Bay Education Association (modified April 21, 2010) provides cursory information regarding benefits.[6]

Districts with updated teacher contracts - July 2011[7]

District Health contribution Pension contribution Projected savings
Green Bay 12.60% 5.80% $11,000,000
Ripon 12.0% 5.80% $600,000
Eau Claire 12.60% 5.80% $3,500,000
Columbus 12.60% 5.80% $375,000
Madison up to 5% in 2011-12 and 10% in 2012-13 5.80% $15,500,000
Racine Switch to high deductible plan 5.80% $19,200,000
Sheboygan 12.60% 5.80% $6,600,000
Wausau 15.0% 5.80% $3,354,900
Kaukauna 12.60% 5.80% $1,900,000

With the passage of Act 10 in Wisconsin, public employees are required to pay an increased percentage of earnings towards health care and pension, usually about one-half of the Wisconsin Retirement System's required contributions.[8] Though the plan was still in the beginning phases of implementation in 2011, the results have led to a projected $154 million in savings to offset Wisconsin state and school district debt.[9]

Salary records project

In 2011, Sunshine Review chose 152 local governments as the focus of research on public employee salaries. The editors of Sunshine Review selected eight states with relevant political contexts (listed alphabetically):

1. California
2. Florida
3. Illinois
4. Michigan
5. New Jersey
6. Pennsylvania
7. Texas
8. Wisconsin

Within these states, the editors of Sunshine Review focused on the most populous cities, counties and school districts, as well as the emergency services entities within these governments. The purpose of this selection method was to develop articles on governments affecting the most citizens.

The salary information garnered from these states were a combination of existing online resources and state Freedom of Information Act requests sent out to the governments.

Importance of public employee pay disclosure

In July 2010, The Los Angeles Times uncovered that officials in Bell, California were making remarkably high salaries.[10] Chief Administrative Officer Robert Rizzo was earning a yearly $787,637. It was later uncovered that Rizzo's total compensation after taking benefits into account topped $1.5 million a year.[11]

For comparison:[10]

  • Manhattan Beach, with about 7,000 fewer people than Bell, paid its most recent city manager $257,484 a year.
  • Long Beach, with a population close to 500,000, paid its city manager $235,000 annually.
  • Los Angeles County paid its chief executive, William T. Fujioka, $338,458.

Corruption solution

After this report was released, governments began to proactively disclose salary information of their employees. Before the end of the summer of 2010, more than a dozen cities in Orange County, for example, posted salary information on the front pages of their websites.[12]

The cost of transparency websites maintaining such information ranges from the tens of thousands to the hundreds of thousands. These websites also save money, and this often is not taken into account when measuring costs.

Citizens upset about the breach of trust and armed with information formed a group called the Bell Association to Stop the Abuse, which pushed for an independent audit of city salaries and contracts.[13]

Citizens, empowered with information, are key to keeping government free from corruption and efficient. A study published by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia revealed that the city of Philadelphia has a problem with the efficiency and costs of public employee pensions.[14] The amount that Philadelphia pays to pension recipients limits the city’s ability to use its budget effectively.

The report revealed that there were more individuals receiving pension benefits—33,907 claimants in 2006—than workers in the city—28,701.[14] The authors of the study recommend three steps towards addressing the problem of high costs in pensions.[14] First, improve data collection so that decision-making in terms of pension policies is more informed. Second, promote transparency for better accountability to citizens. Third, reduce costs and use the savings for developing Philadelphia.

Resistance to public employee salary data as public records

The idea of making public employee salaries is relatively new. In 2008, several local government employee associations and unions protested the posting of state employee salaries by newspaper The Sacramento Bee.[15][16] At the time, it was seen as a safety risk and invasion of privacy.

Sunshine Review aims in posting salary information

Publicly posted salaries often leave out important information. Salary schedules can be published as ranges, not as specific take-home compensation, and high-level, highly-paid positions are often not disclosed proactively.[12][11] Additionally, salaries leave out compensation received through health and retirement benefits, as well as benefits such as commuter allowances and cell phone reimbursements. This project aimed to close the gap and provide a more accurate picture of public employee salaries for the sake of public education and transparency.

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