Timberlane’s superintendent is the highest paid in New Hampshire, at $165,909. Gov. Sununu makes $127,443. The Chief Justice of the NH Supreme Court makes $154,000. Send in your thoughts as who would have a higher salary in NH than our superintendent and I’ll check it out.
In the meantime, you can thank your elected officials in Timberlane and Hampstead School Districts for their generosity with your money. Unfortunately, the outsized salaries at SAU 55 don’t stop with the superintendent’s. SAU 55 has the second highest paid Assistant Superintendent and the third highest paid Business Administrator in the state.
Not only are the salaries giant. but the raises are similarly robust:
Business administrator $120,000 (G.S., retired) $120,000 (G.D.)
Assistant Superintendent $127,000 $131,000
Business Operations Coord. $93,000 (Dowd) $90,000 (Geary)
Director of Human Res. $78,000 $86,000
Transportation Coord. $53,000 $56,000
I obtained all this information through a Right to Know demand. Why? Because SAU board members are not given this information. By my understanding of RSA 194-C:5, the SAU board should be setting these salaries – not voting for a “merit pool” that is disbursed at the private and sole discretion of the superintendent.
You see, the SAU board has given over their control of the purse strings to our superintendent, thereby depriving you of what pitiful fiscal oversight they may have been able to afford in your representation. Some of the newer members on the Timberlane board such as Stefanie Dube, for one, would like to regain control of this but those with fiscal common sense and a feeling of responsibility to the taxpayers are vastly outvoted on the SAU board.
If you don’t voice your objection to the runaway salaries, the irresponsibility of the SAU board and the merit pool, well, unfortunately you get taxed in direct proportion to your silence. SAU55’s board will be discussing the SAU budget on Oct 4 and Oct. 18. in the SAU boardroom starting at 7 pm. There will also be a public hearing on SAU55’s budget on Nov. 15. If you fear the board won’t listen to you, you’re right. It will be an exercise in futility, but if you don’t do it, why should your reps be bothered? Come if only to support those few representatives who are trying to bring sense and responsibility to this out of control picture.
And in other news today, the NH Board of Education voted to concur with their Hearing Officer’s recommendation to dismiss my complaint against SAU 55 (for violation of RSA 194-C:5). They did not explain their vote but they either felt SAU 55 should have an honest chance to continue ignoring my complaint at the Oct. 4 meeting, or that the Board of Education did not have jurisdiction on the matter. Either way, taxpayers, you’re on your own.
See the Eagle Tribune’s coverage of this here.
Just so you know, contrary to repeated reports in the Eagle Tribune, SAU 55’s board never said they would address my complaint at the Oct. 4th meeting. They merely promised that it would be put in the correspondence folder at the Oct 4th meeting.