Analysis: Serio's Salary Below State Average for School Superintendents

East Haven's schools chief will take home $153,801 this year in pay, a compensation package that is some $10,000 below the statewide superintendent salary average, according to a New Haven Register report.

East Haven Superintendent of Schools Anthony Serio is slated to take home a total compensation package of $153,801 during the 2012-13 school year, an average of $43.01 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.

Serio's pay falls below 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 3,576 students in the East Haven Public Schools, according to the Journal-Register Co.'s tabulations.

A PDF of Serio's contract is attached to this post. He also gets 27 vacation days, 7 personal days and 21 sick days in the first year of his contract and then 24 days in successive years, as part of his compensation package.

Bob Fawkes January 07, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Has he EVER had goals assigned to his job performance? Annual performance evaluations?
susan January 07, 2013 at 01:13 PM
poor baby...wish I had half of that. whats he doing about security in the schools aside from assigning kids cabinets to hide in.
CAjones January 07, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Can we please see a chart of how these other communities fair up in educating youth, in comparison to superintendents salaries. I'd like to see town by town, how well the student educational progress stack up to their leader's paycheck. This, I believe would be telling.
Anne January 07, 2013 at 01:44 PM
Based on the test scoring in EH schools, he should be giving money back!
Anthony M January 07, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Seems to me hes is overpaid by 100k.
Flowers January 07, 2013 at 03:08 PM
Hey. Those fancy suits of his are expensive! It cost a lot to look sharp.
Bob Fawkes January 07, 2013 at 03:36 PM
I actually agree with you 100% on this, Mr. Jones. As written, the NHR/Journal Register "report" is nothing but a fluff piece; so simple in content that a seventh grade Social Studies student could have written it.
Julie Weisberg (Editor) January 07, 2013 at 03:59 PM
Cajones & Jacobo: That's an interesting idea. As I've reported before, East Haven's standardized testing scores are among the lowest performing districts in the state. However, it would be interesting to look at a chart as you suggest. If I have the time, I'll look to put something together.
EHMOM12 January 07, 2013 at 04:37 PM
Ok I know everyone always has something to say to bash anything that comes across the Patch regarding East Haven especially when it comes to education. I used to be the first to complain!! But Mr. Serio is not the only one to blame here. It's the whole BOE and Town boards who should take some of the heat here. So I would stop using one person as a scapegoat here and look at the WHOLE picture.
Anne January 07, 2013 at 05:11 PM
I disagree with you on this. Yes he's not the only one to blame--he and his highly paid staff are to blame. The BOE (elected officials) and others on Town Boards have limited input and experience on education issues. The BOE Administration (Serio et al) are the ones PAID to focus on education and curriculum and improving test scores and it's not gettting done.
Flowers January 07, 2013 at 07:47 PM
Does "compensation package" mean just gross salary or does it include benefits? Remember for this we get a dapper little guy with a neatly trimmed beard and great suits. Seems about right to me.
DLG222 January 07, 2013 at 11:56 PM
I love how everyone knows how hard he works on a daily basis and how much he does for the schools of east haven. He worked hard to get paid how much he does and deserves a hell of a LOT more to put up with shitty people and their attitudes like you! So before you talk about somebody "walk a mile in their shoes".
Rosie January 08, 2013 at 01:07 AM
I totally agree with you!! Mr. Serio devoted his entire career to our district, when I am sure he had opportunities to leave for a much better package. East Haven is notorious for nickle and diming our educational system, and that falls on the BOE. They are more worried about how much it costs for pens and paper, than actual education. Maybe if we paid like other towns, we would have the best of the best. But, we don't so we get what we get. Fair? No, but it is the way it is. And personally knowing many of the teachers and admins, we have some that are so worth what they get paid, and much more, and we have some that aren't worth much at all. And, for the record, parent participation goes a long way. Maybe teachers could focus more on education than disciplining kids, because they are not taught respect and civility at home. How about making sure the kids actually do their homework? Then, there's the whole "no child left behind" fiasco, and language barriers. Not as easy to teach nowadays.
FCF January 08, 2013 at 01:45 AM
How come all his stipends are not included in this article? He gets a huge amount in stipends monthly and I think an expense account.
Flowers January 08, 2013 at 03:46 AM
It's cents not sense.
EHMOM12 January 08, 2013 at 02:26 PM
What I was trying to say was that Tony does what he can with what he gets( his pay put aside) The Board needs to approve the changes that are made. I believe "his staff" is a huge part of the BIG mess. Tony has done amazing things for our students with what he is given and I applaud him for that but do we need an assistant who makes just as much as he does??? I think Parents need to wake up and get involved. Parents need to take back control of there children and stop letting the kids run their lives. I'm sorry but letting Tony go is a HUGE mistake. Lets not make more mistakes lets work together as a community to help Tony do his job. What he is being paid is not the issue here,(there are other TOWN employees making more than that and do NOTHING). The issue is to many complainers and not enough people actually doing anything about it. ITS ALWAYS QUICK AND EASY TO POINT A FINGER !!
Rory Ochs January 09, 2013 at 01:49 AM
It's Flours, not Flowers. Who cares!


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