Niskayuna Central School District superintendent Susan Kay Salvaggio was the highest-paid school district employee in the Capital Region during the 2013-14 school year, according to data posted today at SeeThroughNY.net.
Salvaggio, who reportedly received a severance payment from the district following her April departure, collected a total of $289,588 last year, not including benefits. The 20 highest-paid school district employees in the Capital Region, as well as the 50 highest-paid outside New York City, can be viewed here.
Outside New York City, the number of public school employees paid more than $100,000 has jumped from 32,914 in 2009 to 48,703 in 2014—a 48 percent increase. The highest paid school employee was Joseph Ogeka, Jr., former assistant superintendent of Riverhead Central Schools, who was paid $376,340.
The newly updated database includes pay information for 367,867 employees, as reported to the New York State Teachers Retirement System (NYSTRS) for the 12-month period ending June 30, 2014, and to the New York State and Local Retirement System (NYSLRS) for the 12-month period ending March 31, 2014. Not reflected in the data are the costs of fringe benefits such as healthcare, pension contributions and other employee benefits.
SeeThroughNY is a government transparency project sponsored by the Empire Center for Public Policy. It allows the public to examine state and local government expenditures, including payrolls, pensions, state legislators’ office expenditures and pork barrel “member item” projects. It also includes a benchmarking tool that allows users to compare property taxes for a home based on its location. The site was launched July 31, 2008.
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