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.
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.