Oxford Hills School Assistant Superintendant: Candidate Turns Down Job For Higher Paying Position

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Oxford Hills School Assistant Superintendant: Candidate Turns Down Job For Higher Paying Position

In one of his first acts as superintendent, Rick Colpitts told the board that he was unable to offer a recommendation at Monday night's board meeting because the candidate he hoped to recommend had accepted a “much higher” paying position as a principal in an unnamed school district.
Although the salary is negotiable, officials have budgeted $79,000 in the new fiscal year budget to pay for the position.

Sun Journal

I know their district is about the same size as ours if not larger and we are in Lake Region. We had to hire a new principal this year and we are starting him off at $98,000. I can see why Oxford Hills is having a problem finding somebody. When you have schools that are on the 10 worst list and want top administrators, they are going to be willing to pay for them. The other side of that is those districts not on the list may not be able to afford to pay those top salaries or maybe they don't want or can't afford to. They just might have to hold that money over until next year and go a year without a person in that position and be able to pay a higher salary in years to come. Who knows.

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Look, so they took another

Look, so they took another job. You don't have to pay the highest salary around. Superindendent should have been better prepared.

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He only just started the job

He only just started the job as of July 1st. He had no say in the School District budget for this year. While he may have had some sort of give in salary, I don't imagine it would be close to $20,000 for the first year to play with.

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Also even if he could have

Also even if he could have matched the other offer, there is no guarantee that the person would have accepted his offer.

I do think they should have made sure they were offering a competive package before doing the search. I also think they should not have even begun looking for the assistant until after the Super is in place.

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What exactly does an

What exactly does an "assistant superintendent" do? In truth it's the first time I 've ever heard of the position.

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In Portland where we have 17

In Portland where we have 17 schools, the two assts were in charge of the lower and upper schools. Our new super has changed the model and we now have a chief academic officer who has a myrid of people who are reporting to him and the prinipcals are reporting to those poeple.

Our new org chart is anything but streamlined.

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It's an "assistant

It's an "assistant superintendent." You don’t need the best and most expensive person on the planet for that title. It's the principals that run the schools.

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When we ask why an assistant

When we ask why an assistant superintendent is needed, we always get the "red tape and paperwork" argument... that there's so much bureaucracy these days that the superintendent can't handle everything.

Maybe the district in question will find out they really don't need the position, after all.

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I 've always been told that

I 've always been told that the reason administrative people were paid big salaries is because THEY had the ability to handle the multiple demands of the position.
Apparently what that really means is they have the ability to increase staff and delegate.

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I know of some districts

I know of some districts larger than Oxford Hills that do not have an Asst. Superintendant or similar position. Some districts pay their Supers around $120,000 or more to do the job by themselves.

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