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My MBA Career: Exploring Salary Revelations for Superintendents



Last Updated on February 28, 2024 by Robert C. Hoopes

Joe Gothard, the current superintendent of St. Paul Public Schools in Minnesota, has been selected as the incoming superintendent for the Madison School District in a highly anticipated decision announced by the School Board on Monday afternoon.

Gothard’s two-year contract, which begins on July 1 with the possibility of a one-year extension starting in July 2025, comes with a starting salary of $299,000. This is a significant increase from the previous interim superintendent, Lisa Kvistad, who received $271,900 for her one-year contract, and former superintendent Carlton Jenkins, who had an annual salary of $272,000.

In addition to his base salary, Gothard will receive $25,000 each year in retirement contributions and an additional contribution equal to 6.9% of his salary. He has also accumulated 148 personal illness leave days from his previous employment with the district, with 74 of those days being accessible beginning in July.

The contract also includes other benefits such as 30 vacation days, unpaid holidays, a floating unpaid holiday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a paid holiday, relocation expenses, temporary living expenses, and eligibility for an annual merit bonus.

Gothard’s impressive track record as a superintendent includes being named Minnesota’s Superintendent of the Year in 2023 and the National Superintendent of the Year by the School Superintendents Association earlier this year. His selection over finalists Mohammed Choudhury and Yvonne Stokes has generated excitement and anticipation within the Madison School District community.

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With his proven leadership abilities and dedication to educational excellence, Joe Gothard is poised to lead the Madison School District to new heights as its incoming superintendent.

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