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Long Island Superintendents See Pay Raises In Troubled Districts, Schools Chief Ousted

Courtesy of Wyandanch School District

Long Island superintendents continue to be among the highest-paid school administrators in New York, even though districts face fewer teachers and services for students entering this school year. 

New York education officials released the salaries of school administrators statewide in May, and seven of the 10 highest-paid superintendents in the state work on Long Island.

Rockville Centre’s William Johnson is number three on list and highest paid on Long Island. He makes more than $458,000 a year in salary and benefits. Oysterpond’s Richard Malone is near the bottom with nearly $91,000.

But superintendents in troubled school districts, like Wyandanch, received scheduled pay increases. Wyandanch laid off 30 teachers, and scores of bus drivers and teaching aids. 
The school board voted this week to suspend Superintendent May Jones with pay. The state will deploy a state monitor for the district this school year who will have veto power over fiscal decisions to cut costs.

Hempstead schools laid off 60 employees, half are teachers. But the school superintendent did not take a salary increase.

Governor Andrew Cuomo has yet to sign a measure that would direct state oversight for Hempstead school’s finances. Hempstead is called one of the worst school districts in the U.S., where fewer than half of students graduate. 

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.
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