BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. – On April 25, Bob Moore, the assistant superintendent for finance and operations at the Bloomfield Hills school district, hosted a public event called “What Does it Cost to Educate a Child in Michigan?”
We’re guessing that the meeting was designed to help taxpayers understand just how costly it is to operate public schools in the Great Lake State.
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We think it’s also safe to assume that the meeting had something to do with the Bloomfield Hills district’s millage election on May 8, when voters were asked to approve a new property tax levy for the school district.
We hope Moore remembered to inform the folks attending the meeting about the high cost of employing administrators in the Bloomfield Hills district.
It may be a small portion of the school district’s total budget, but it certainly isn’t cheap.
In fiscal 2016-17, the Bloomfield Hills district paid 40 administrators – a group including the superintendent, two assistant superintendents, and assorted supervisors, directors, coordinators, principals and assistant principals – a total of $4,611,038 in base salary.
That comes to an average base salary of $115,275.95 per employee.
Thirty-two of the 40 administrators made base salaries of at least $100,000 that year. That group’s combined base salary was $3,929,015, for an average of $122,781.72 per employee.
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Thirty-four of the 40 employees were provided health insurance, which cost the school district $510,680.81, for an average of $15,020.02.
The administrators were also provided many other types of less expensive perks like dental, vision and life insurance, educational stipends, auto stipends, off-schedule bonuses, and other extras.
The grand total compensation for all 40 administrators, with everything included, came to $4,804,952.88, for an average of $120,123.82 per employee.
The biggest money went to Superintendent Robert Glass, who made a base salary of $202,000, a retirement contribution of $19,000, an auto stipend of $6,000 and various other benefits. It all totaled up to $228,761.80.
So that’s some of the cost of educating children in Michigan, just in case Mr. Moore didn’t mention that expense during his information session.
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