North Branford Superintendent of Schools Scott Schoonmaker is slated to take home a total compensation package of $172,352 during the 2012-13 school year, an average of $71.87 per student in the school district, according to an analysis of the contracts of 148 superintendents compiled by Journal Register Co. newspapers in the state.
Schoonmaker's pay falls solidly in the mid-range of superintendent pay throughout the state. According to the analysis by the New Haven Register, the Register-Citizen of Torrington and the Middletown Press, the average pay for a superintendent in Connecticut is about $166,000 a year, with 27 making more than $200,000 per year.
Westport's Elliot Landon takes home the most pay, at $285,077 ($49.93 per student), followed by Wilton superintendent Gary Richards at $267,587 ($61.12 per student) and Fairfield superintendent David Title at $264,500 ($26.57 per student).
The highest ratios of superintendent pay to students in the district fall in the smaller districts, topped by Eastford's Linda Loretz, who will earn $672.48 per student ($124,409). There are 2,398 students in the North Branford Public Schools, according to the Journal-Register Co.'s tabulations.
To view a PDF of Schoonmaker's contract, click here. He also gets 25 vacation days and five personal days in his compensation package.