What's UP with School Taxes: Too Many Administrators?

BAY SHORE - Like many Long Island school districts, Bay Shore schools are facing a deficit, and some critics say one of the reasons behind it is an overabundance of high-earning administrators. The school district's website lists more than 30 administrators, ranging from the assistant superintendent of business to principals to a director of cultural arts. According to state officials, 31 of the administrators make $120,000 or more. For example, the assistant superintendent for administration makes more than $206,000, while the director of technology earns more than $167,000. "They can do the same job making less," says parent Karen Jackson. However, Bay Shore School Superintendent Dr. Evelyn Holman defends the administration staff and their salaries, saying they contribute to the schools' high academic rating.Critics, however, insist that it's possible to offer quality education with fewer administrators. For comparison, the school district of Rome, N.Y., located five hours away from Long Island, has the same number of students as Bay Shore, but 30-percent fewer administrators. Also, only two of Rome's administrators make more than $120,000. Rome City School Superintendent Jeff Simons admits his district's test scores are slightly lower than Bay Shore's, but doesn't think more administrators would help. "It's the teacher that really makes a difference," he says.

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