Nashua Board of Education balks at principal salaries
But Human Resources Committee Chairman Robert Haas, who voted to approve the salary schedule along with BOE Chairman Robert Hallowell, said the proposed entry-level salaries were comparable to what administrators earn in nearby districts.
“Currently, because we don’t have an extensive review process, we haven’t been able to identify principals who do an outstanding job and those who do an average job,” said Haas. “Without that, the board has approved 1 or 2 percent raises each year.”
“The schedule was started to give principals an idea where they would go,” he added.
Board members also felt the salary ranges were a problem. A teacher who is not certified as an administrator and has limited experience can join the administrative ranks as an elementary school assistant principal and earn $70,826. But a candidate with three years of experience as principal or assistant principal, and an advanced degree, would earn $76, 335 in the same job.
But as Haas pointed out, not only is the job completely different, administrators work 245 days while teachers have 180 work days.
“It’s a tough job but if you have the moxie, show us at the end of you first year what you have accomplished,’ said Mosher.
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