SYOSSET - Long Island's top-paid school superintendent got a raise last year, bringing her salary to more than $500,000.
Syosset School Superintendent Dr. Carole Hankin now takes home a compensation package of $541,000. According to the school district, she got an $18,000 raise last June.
Hankin, who is in her 21st year at the post, is the highest-paid school superintendent in the state. She earns $190,000 more than the New York City schools chancellor. In April, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) used Hankin's salary as an example of wasteful school spending.
Some local residents, such as Jane Metz, of Syosset, say considering the district's high test scores, Hankin deserves her salary.
The Syosset School District issued a statement saying that Hankin's salary was disclosed to the state Department of Education and the public in a timely fashion.
Hankin's salary, which is negotiated annually, will remain the same for the 2011-2012 school year.