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MCPS Superintendent pay raise controversial

By Faith Smith, KECI Reporter, fcronin@keci.com
Published On: Jan 17 2013 10:55:36 PM MST
MISSOULA, Mont. -

Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Alex Apostle’s controversial pay raise is getting a lot of attention and plenty of backlash from the community.

Earlier this week NBC Montana told you about how the school board voted to approve Apostle's salary increase.

It's part of a three year deal that will pay him $175,000 next year and $200,000 a year by 2014.

NBC Montana found out that salaries are often based on how many students go to school in that district.

Right now Apostle makes $155,000 a year for a school district with roughly 8,500 students.

Apostle’s web bio shows he has a Ph.D. in Education Administration and more than 30 years of experience in the field. 

We compared his pay to that of the teachers working for MCPS. 

A teacher with a bachelor’s degree and no extra credits or experience would start at a base salary of roughly $32,500.

A teacher with the same degree, higher education credits and experience could earn up to $55,000.

If a teacher has a master’s degree but no credits their starting salary would be roughly $36,000, while a teacher with a master’s degree, higher education credits and experience could potentially earn $68,000 a year. 

In Montana we found out the Billings superintendent makes about $155,000 a year, but that district has almost twice as many students as Missoula.

NBC Montana also looked up salaries for superintendents in Washington State and found out many districts there have a performance pay tied to the superintendent’s pay. 

In Ellensburg, a district with about 3,000 students, the superintendent earns $116,400 a year.

In Kennewick, Wash., the superintendent makes $116,800 a year, but draws in an additional $14,000 in bonuses and stipends.

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