Because She’s Worth It? Superintendent Ackerman’s Ridiculous Salary
Phil Goldsmith is reporting on Superintendent Arlene Ackerman’s salary today. And he’s comparing her earnings to others in city government. Considering the obvious scandals and sheer incompetence surrounding her performance, Goldsmith makes us sad. So sad.
Ackerman’s annual salary: $325 thousand not including perks, benefits, bonuses.
Chicago Superintendent Arne Duncan: $230 thousand.
New York and LA Superintendents: $250 thousand
This is a reality as Ackerman has recently gotten a 4 percent pay increase “similar to what teachers received in collective bargaining” and will soon be receiving $338 thousand per year (compared to Mayor Michael Nutter, who gets $167,440 after voluntarily taking a pay cut from $198,658; though in fairness, [this space left blank].)
Goldsmith goes onto compare a plethora of $100 thousand + jobs in the city’s education department, with his “New positions” category possibly being the most interesting:
New positions: One of Ackerman’s most recent hires, Leroy Nunery, was added less than four months ago to fill a new position called chief of institutional advancement, at a salary of $180,000. A few weeks ago, he was promoted to another new position as Ackerman’s second-in-command. He received a $50,000 increase ($50,000 is about the salary of a six-year teacher with a master’s degree).
If the “Chief of institutional advancement” position sounds both familiar and suspicious to you, you may read The Notebook. Do you? Do you read The Notebook?
Superintendent Arlene Ackerman has created a new high-level post in her administration and hired Leroy Nunery, a former executive at Edison Schools and a finalist for Ackerman’s position when she was hired nearly two years ago.
Nunery will earn more than Mayor Nutter – a whopping $180,000 a year – as chief of institutional advancement and strategic partnerships. His catch-all job description involves fundraising, promoting outside partnerships, and revamping the Intermediate Unit (IU) to provide better and more organized technical assistance to both District-operated and charter schools.
And not for nothin’, but what’s to say this hire and pay increase has nothing to do with the fact that Nunery was once a “finalist for Ackerman’s position when she was hired nearly two years ago”? Are you, Philadelphia tax payer, picking up the tab on a legal bribe to keep Nunery – whose resume once impressed us (and others) – at bay?
Just wund-rin’. For now.
Here’s us back in June, when Nunery was promoted to the newly-created deputy superintendent position:
Though, in fairness, Nunery has got quite the resume. He’s the founder and principal at PlusUltre LLC, a consulting firm specializing in “unique, cost-effective strategic and operational solutions for the K-16 educational spectrum,” as well as the chief of the Institutional Advancement and Strategic Partnership in the school district of Philadelphia. He’s also been a board member for Savoy Bank, Springside School and the Please Touch Museum. He’s a graduate of Lafayette, WashU and UPenn (la dee da!) Nunery was also a finalist for Ackerman’s job two years ago.
Goldsmith says “comparing salaries is a tricky business, and many factors need to be considered, such as market competition,” and he’s right, but I still can’t help but try to figure out what fraction (multiple?) of my own salary an increase of $50,000 would be (care to put yourself to shame with me?). My guidance counselor totally dropped the ball.