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Superintendent’s salary low when compared to others

Salaries for teachers in the Lake Tahoe Unified School District rank low when compared to districts of similar size and state funding but they’re not alone – their superintendent is right there with them.

Superintendent Rich Alexander’s current salary of $95,949 per year ranks near the bottom of the list when compared to the salaries of superintendents in the same 20 districts in California that teachers gauge their pay against, according to LeAnne Kankel, director of human resources for the LTUSD.

“I have looked at (his salary) with the comparable districts and in salary alone he is 17th out of 20,” Kankel said. “When you look at the daily rate he’s 20th out of 20.”

Alexander’s pretax rate of about $369.03 per day pulls him down to the bottom of the list because, at 260 days per year, he works more days than any other superintendent on the comparable list. The superintendent of the Paradise Unified School District of Northern California has the lowest salary rate of the 20 comparable districts at $83,272 per year for 225 days of work. But, at $370.10 per day, the salary still ranks higher in daily rate than Superintendent Alexander’s.

Topping the list is the superintendent of Brea-Olinda Unified School District of Southern California who earned the highest salary of all the comparable districts at $112,652 per year for 223 days of work.

Along with his salary, Alexander has insurance benefits provided by the district and a $500 per month transportation allowance.

“Never has he gotten a cash bonus,” Kankel said. “And he drives his own car.”

Superintendent Alexander’s contract, which expires June 30, 2000, peaks at a salary rate of $97,100 per year. Salary increases are decide by the school board.

“I came to Tahoe because I love it here,” Alexander said in response to his low salary ranking on the comparable list.

The teachers’ salaries start at $25,945 and go to $51,043 for a teacher with a master’s degree and 21 years of experience. The salaries rank second to last in starting and top salary categories when compared to 20 other school districts in California of similar size and funding, according to a study by the School Services of California, of Sacramento.

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