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The Nebraska Legislature is considering limiting the salaries of school superintendents

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nebraska) – Lawmakers are debating how much money school superintendents in Nebraska should earn.

Introduced by Sen. Dave Murman, who represents south-central Nebraska, the Superintendent Pay Transparency Act would limit their salaries to five times the salary of a beginning teacher.

“The president of the United States, if I’m not mistaken, makes $400,000 a year,” Murman said. “He’s not much taller than the superintendent of Lincoln Public Schools.”

Right now, LPS Superintendent Paul Gausman’s base salary is $324,000 annually. A starting salary for a teacher in Lincoln is approximately $47,000.

It means that under the bill, the LPS superintendent’s salary should be reduced to $235,000 a year.

Or, for the superintendent to maintain salary, beginning teachers would need to earn at least $65,000 a year.

Supporters of the bill say it brings transparency to the hiring process. They say it would only affect a few districts of the state.

Those who oppose the bill say capping salaries would make recruiting even more difficult.

“This artificial cap on superintendent pay would limit our ability to recruit quality candidates in the future,” said Omaha school board head Spencer.

Opponents also say the bill limits the power of local school boards, which are responsible for hiring a superintendent.

“I would like to nullify the bill and say that no teacher gets paid less than one-fifth of superintendents,” Kyle McGowan said with the Nebraska Board of School Trustees.

Tags: Education Committee, Lincoln Public Schools, LPS, Nebraska Legislative Session 2023, Nebraska Board of School Trustees, Nebraska Legislature, Nebraska Public Schools, Omaha Public Schools, Sen. Dave Murman, Superintendent Paul Gausman , Superintendent’s Pay Transparency Act

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