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How Much Do School Administrators Make?

Recent new hires within the district give the report a somewhat rearview perspective for Muskego-Norway, but allows you to see which school administrators are the highest and lowest paid throughout the state of Wisconsin.

If you've ever wondered what the leaders in the schools and the district make, a state database was released to help you compare. However, for Muskego-Norway schools, the rash of hirings of internal candidates mean that the names and the numbers aren't as current.

Kelly Thompson was promoted from her assistant superintendent role, and filled the position of superintendent and was hired at a salary of $158,500, or about $10,000 higher than former Superintendent Joe Schroeder's salary, which is posted as $148,526.

Dennis Bussen took on Thompson's role and receives $117,877 per year, or just slightly above the position's $115,566 salary when Thompson was assistant superintendent.

The numbers are from salary information released on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's website. The data is from the 2011-12 school year.

In contrast to Muskego's slim cuts to staff in the past year, school districts across the state saw a larger than usual cut in staffing in the 2011-12 school year than in year's past. According to a press release from the DPI 2,312 positions were eliminated and 60 percent of those spots were teacher jobs. 

"The 2011-13 state budget made historically high cuts to education funding," the press release said. "General school aids were cut by $749 million and the per pupil revenue limit was reduced by $1.6 billion from prior law. These large reductions accelerated the budget and staffing cuts many districts have been making over the years."

While much of the information on the report comes after a series of internal promotions that took place after the end of the 2011-12 school year, you can view salaries in previously-run articles on Muskego Patch.

This database will allow you to search administrative salaries only in the 424 districts statewide.

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