May 14, 2018

Former Superintendent Explains School District Administrative Costs

Also, how the new state budget will affect Arizona school districts.

A recent Arizona Auditor General report shows some school districts in Arizona are spending top dollar on administrator salaries, including the Tucson Unified School District.

For a deeper understanding of why some leaders make six-figure salaries, Arizona 360 turns to John Pedicone, former Superintendent of TUSD and Flowing Wells School districts in Southern Arizona.

Pedicone dives into the structure followed to pay administrative staff and teachers, detailing the competitive market that drives salary changes among districts.

“There’s no unlimited amount of money,” says Pedicone. “But there’s got to be some attention given to all those individuals and programs that help give a level playing field to students. That’s the issue of equity. It’s going to take some districts more personnel or less personnel to get that job to happen.”

Arizona 360
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