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Top 10 Highest Paid Superintendents in Nassau County

While top wages surpass $350,000, Glen Cove's superintendent did not make the list of highest wage earners.

Glen Cove Superintendent of Schools Maria L. Rianna. Credit: Glen Cove Schools
Glen Cove Superintendent of Schools Maria L. Rianna. Credit: Glen Cove Schools
By Matt Hogan

Ever wonder how much a superintendent could make in Nassau County?

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) recently made available the pay for most of the superintendents in the state.

The highest 10 wages in Nassau County all eclipse $350,000, with one nearly surpassing $550,000.

For the 2012-13 academic year, Glen Cove Superintendent Maria L. Rianna did not make the top 10, earning $230,000 salary, $17,538 in benefits and $5,600 in the "other" compensation category (defined below), NYSED reported. 

School districts throughout New York reported their numbers to the NYSED. Although the data is self-reported by each individual school district and is unaudited, it does “not necessarily represent the whole state as there are districts that are not required to report the data. In addition, some districts may not use certain titles.”

The superintendent wages are broken up into three categories and then added together for a grand total. The three categories include “salaries,” “fringe” and “other.”

The NYSED defines the three categories as follows:

  • Salaries: The wages budgeted on an annual basis for the position.
  • Fringe: Fringe benefits are allowances and services provided by employers as compensation in addition to regular salaries and wages. The cost of fringe benefits includes employer contributions for social security, employee life, health, unemployment and worker’s compensation insurance, pension plan costs and other similar benefits allowable under established written policies.
  • Other: The annualized monetary value of any and all forms of compensation not included under Salaries or Fringe for Type 1 or 2 positions. Examples include (but are not limited to) employer expenses for additional insurance and/or annuities, housing allowance, moving allowance, the personal use of a vehicle and/or residence, professional organization membership fees or dues, and other expenses.
Highest Paid Superintendents in Nassau County
  1. Syosset Central School District: $405,244 (salary); $92,018 (fringe); $52,000 (other); $549,262 (total) *Note* - Syosset Superintendent Carole Hankin will retire in October.
  2. Jericho Union Free School District: $288,794; $97,820; $62,011; $448,625
  3. Rockville Centre Union Free School District: $321,712; $88,311; $20,000; $430,023
  4. Hewlett-Woodmere Union Free School District: $310,000; $95,933; $24,047; $429,980
  5. North Shore Central School District: $290,617; $75,227; $26,314; $392,158
  6. Great Neck Union Free School District: $270,000; $80,699; $41,000; $391,699
  7. Locust Valley Central School District: $280,000; $76,866; $15,800; $372,666
  8. Roslyn Union Free School District: $275,940; $74,897; $15,000; $365,837
  9. Garden City Union Free School District: $267,903; $97,273; $0; $365,176
  10. Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District: $265,000; $85,782; $6,000; $356,782
Tom Terrific August 16, 2013 at 06:58 AM
That's what you get when you have a toxic combination of overall community apathy and a select, captive audience of suckers who, year after year, blindly and unquestioningly vote yes on school budgets.
Gina Galante August 16, 2013 at 07:01 AM
Next time I vote yes on a school budget increase ill have to check the superintendents category first. Thanks for the revealing news.
cc August 16, 2013 at 12:27 PM
I guess we can thank Sunshine and now I heard he jumped ship and left us holding the bag.

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