At a recent Northwest school district board meeting, trustees approved a 3 percent raise for Superintendent Karen Rue. For the 2012-13 fiscal year, she will earn $247,200. Barring a big boost for a leader in another area district, Rue likely will remain the second-highest paid superintendent in the county, behind Fort Worth's Walter Dansby.
According to 2011-12 figures, Rue, who manages a district of about 18,000 students, makes more than leaders in larger nearby districts. Mansfield and Keller each have an enrollment of about 33,000 students and leaders who earned $238,037 and $225,000, respectively. Keller trustees are in search of a new leader, and no one knows how much that person will earn. Likewise, Jerry McCullough earned $235,000 as Arlington's superintendent and is stepping down for reasons unknown. Arlington has about 65,000 students. According to www.texasisd.com, there are 44 superintendent vacancies right now across the state.
Birdville's super makes $220,000 this year and manages a district of almost 24,000 kids. In Hurst-Euless-Bedford, with an enrollment of about 22,000, Superintendent Gene Buinger earns $212,730.
Find out more on what superintendents earn from this handy chart from the Texas Tribune.
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