six-figure school administrators

Friday, February 04, 2011 - 03:31 PM

Syosset Central School Superintendent Carole Hankin is among the top-paid in the state. (

They came in for particularly harsh treatment in Andrew Cuomo's budget presentation, with the governor joking he'd tried unsuccessfully to apply for one job making $386,000.

I'm told that particular six-figure-job is based out of Syosset Central School District, which, according to this web site, is now paying their top administrator, Carole Hankin, $485,246.42. In fact, 512 employees in that district make six figures, in salaries and benefits, according to SeeThroughNY.

The district offers something of a unique experience for it's 6,700 students according to this interview with Hankin:

There’s the elementary foreign language program, which offers students a virtual, whirlwind trip around the globe before they’re in their teens: Russian in kindergarten; Chinese in first grade; Spanish, French, and Italian in grades two, three, and four; and Latin in grade five. For those who may struggle with the rigors of A.P. Physics, there’s a high school course in forensics...

There’s also a middle school etiquette course, a yoga strand to help young children focus their minds and bodies, and teaching relationships with some of Manhattan’s finest institutions, including the Metropolitan Opera, the Philharmonic, Rockefeller and Columbia Universities.

And this one, "Hankin is known to pick up the phone frequently to call upon her local legislators for funding above and beyond her annual budget allotments, often with successful results."

A person who answered the phone at the Syosset school district said someone would be available to comment, later. Hankin's colleagues on Long Island are also well-paid.

[H/t Michelle Breidenbach]


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Comments [3]


$485,246.42 !!! It is just politics.. Can she get a job like this anywhere in the world? At least half of this ???

Mar. 01 2011 12:51 AM

Two thousand school superintendents make over $150,000/yr. Taking a $24,000 cut in pay during bad economic times to be restored during good economic times is fair and would save $50 million a year. Add 4000 assistant superintendents taking a mere $15,000 cut in pay and it is an additional $60 million.
That's $110 million a year in tax savings!

Feb. 09 2011 05:56 AM
Maria Rosa

During the domestic abuse scandal involving an aide to former Gov. Patterson, the salaries of the staff in his communications office earned from $150,000 to $180,000 for individuals benefiting from the patronage system many of them with only undergraduate degrees smack of hypocrisy for Cuomo to be targeting the salaries of the state superintendents. Patterson's former press secretary Marissa Shorenstein, 30, earned $154,000 before resigning amid the scandal till Cuomo picked her up again as part of his communications staff. From what budget in the state government these outrageous salaries come? Together Perter Kaffmann and Shorenstein earned over $329,000, including benefits over $350, 000, so why not slash these salaries? Do they deserve such high salaries?

Feb. 08 2011 07:04 PM

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