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Facts on Superintendent Numbers and System Administration – February 10, 2017
The governor’s proposed biennial budget would eliminate state support for system administration, which includes superintendents, the business office, all central office staff and functions and support for School Boards.
Here are the facts:
Number of Superintendents
92 full-time, 34 part-time and 5 combination superintendent/principals in 2016-2017; overseeing 251 school administrative units
Compares to 118 full-time, 29 part-time and 7 combination superintendent/principal positions in 2006-2007; overseeing 290 administrative units
In 10 years we’ve reduced number of full-time positions by 26; part-time increased by 5; and, superintendent/principals decreased by 2.
Net total positions: 131 today versus 154 in 2006-2007.
$12.4 million 2016-2017
That’s half of one percent of the $2.2 billion spent on pre-K through 12
Maine Spending Facts
Maine System Administration 2.9 percent of total spent on K-12. (State numbers 2014-2015)
Maine System Administration down 4 percent in the last 10 years; the only cost center to see a decrease. (State numbers 2014-2015)
Maine per student overall spending number 14 in nation, ranked highest to lowest. (U.S. Census)
Central Office Functions/Staff would be eliminated by repealing System Administration, §15680 sub §1, A in biennial budget proposal, Sec. C-22 in language.
System Administration Provides
District leadership – Superintendents, Assistant Superintendents, Business Managers
Office support staff
Support of School Board responsibilities
Communication with parents and community
Business Office functions
Employee contract negotiations
Compliance with state and federal law
Creation and administration of annual budget
Payment of all legal costs outside of Special Education
Required annual audits
All purchasing for schools
Hiring, recruitment and evaluation of staff
Human Resource functions from payroll to enrollment in MePERS to certification checks
Compliance training on myriad regulations
Technology in support of administrative services and required data reporting