Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed announced that private donors had pledged up to an additional $300,000 per year to increase the $275,000-325,000 compensation package that will be offered to the Atlanta Public School superintendent when the individual is selected. The total salary, with the pledges, would amount to $600,000 per year. In an article at the AJC, Reid stated,
…he has a certain type of candidate in mind: someone with a stellar track record who is nearing retirement and would be enticed by the money and the opportunity to bring an education team to Atlanta. [… and said] We are going to recruit a superintendent like we would recruit the head of football at the University of Georgia.
Per WXIA, BoE Chair Reuben McDaniel stated.
Board Chair Reuben McDaniel says the district hasn’t decided whether to use the money, or if it’s even needed. But says the district is committed to attracting top notch candidates.
APS has a total of approximately 48,000 students in the district. WXIA also reported,
New York City, the largest school district in the country with 1.1 million students, paid its leader $212,000 last year. The number two district – LA – paid its superintendent $330,000 with bonuses.
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