Superintendent Jobs Pay Well, but Often Short-Lived, Thankless

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

David Goodin came to Connellsville Area School District as superintendent in 2008 thinking he could change academics and administrative operations.

About two-and-a-half years into his three-year contract, change did happen — with his departure.

Goodin left, he said, because the makeup of the nine-member school board changed with the 2009 election.

“Quite honestly, I just did not have a good working relationship with that board. It was almost nonexistent,” said Goodin, who earned $109,850, plus $36,697 in health and retirement benefits, and had the district pay $3,557 for professional group memberships.

He now heads Spring-Ford School District in Montgomery County.

Rapid turnover is not unusual among school superintendents, education experts say.

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