Portland Superintendent Carole Smith’s New salary of $257,000 stack up in Oregon.

The news of a pay raise for Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith has generated a lot of discussion. Portland’s school board is getting ready to give Smith, who has been at the helm of Oregon’s largest district since 2007, a big raise. One proposal pegged the increase as high as 33 percent, though board members insist the proposal has not been finalized. For context, a $257,000 salary is the equivalent of Smith receiving a 3.85 percent raise every year since she began seven years ago. The chart only includes salary, not additional annuities that are fairly common among superintendents. Smith currently earns a $1,500 monthly annuity, and a proposal by board leadership wanted to up that to $2,500 a month. What do you think of the proposal? Should other school board members approve such an amount, or lobby for a smaller raise?


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