Baltimore County administration costs higher than most in state
First, the news is out. The salary of the new deputy superintendent that Baltimore County took a month to release came in an e-mail late Wednesday from the county attorney. Embedded among 291 salaries was Renee Foose's at $214,000.
And for those county employees who make over $80,000 a year and work outside of a school, I know you got an email from Phyllis Reese saying that the school system had to release the data. And she is right, they do. What she didn't mention was that the system didn't release any names, just job titles. Second, The Sun has been collecting the same data for lots of government agencies. So no, I don't plan on publishing everyone's job title and salary in the newspaper tomorrow or any time in the near future.
Even before Foose's salary was released, I decided to mine the Maryland State Department of Education data for statistical data on individual school systems around the state, to see how Balitmore County administrative spending compares. You will have to look at the Analysis of Costs chart to find the information I used in the story. I found that the county ranks fourth overall for the amount it spends on administration. It ranks far lower in mid-level administration and spending on teacher pay. The bottom line is that the system doesn't pay its mid-level managers and teachers a lot compared to other districts, but they do spend a lot on upper level management. There's more interesting data that can be found here on the state's website for those who are interested in sorting through lots and lots of numbers. But one more report of interest is the professional salaries comparisons, including superintendent salaries here.
And if you would like to take a look at the study that Ulrich Bosen did on 9,000 districts around the nation and how efficiently they spend their money, here it is. A study that came to a very different conclusion is here. So for all those who love data, go to it.