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How Much Money Do Greendale School District Administrators Make?

Check out how much Greendale's administrators make, plus see which school administrators are the highest and lowest paid throughout the state of Wisconsin.

Current Greendale Superintendent John Tharp makes about $8,000 less than former Superintendent William Hughes. Check out how much your school principal makes.

The numbers are from salary information released on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction's website. The data is from the 2011-12 school year.

School districts across the state saw a larger than usual cut in staffing in the 2011-12 school year than in year's past, according to a press release from the DPI, with 2,312 positions being eliminated and 60 percent of those spots being teacher jobs.

"The 2011-13 state budget made historically high cuts to education funding," the press release said. "General school aids were cut by $749 million and the per pupil revenue limit was reduced by $1.6 billion from prior law. These large reductions accelerated the budget and staffing cuts many districts have been making over the years."

Tharp was recently hired in August as Greendale's new superintendent, replacing longtime Hughes.

This database will allow you to search administrative salaries only in the 424 districts statewide.

George Walsh November 19, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Looking over the salary levels of the Greendale Administration, especially for an unproven new to the job district administrator. Greendale, we have a problem. Does this board of education know what it is doing? Readers?
RDB November 20, 2012 at 01:16 AM
I am tired of these articles. The publishing of administrative incomes is only a small part of the story. The Greendale Public School teachers are the highest paid teachers in the state. The board of education hasn't known what they have been doing for years. It is now crystal clear since Hughes decided to move on. Of course the board got taken by their out of state administrator. They were lambs on the path to the slaughterhouse. Parents are seeing every day how the school district is falling apart now with Tharp leading it. What can we do about the board not knowing what they are doing? Ask board members questions. Make them own their own decisions and choices. Get some new board members who have a business background or at least a backbone to stand up to the teachers and administration who lead them around - letting them think they are in charge.
Rschneed November 21, 2012 at 12:28 PM
How is the district falling apart? Greendale teachers are ranked 43rd in the state as far as average salary http://lbstat.dpi.wi.gov/lbstat_newasr, and they are ranked 22nd when it comes to the maximum on the salary scale, not first as you claim.
Frazier November 21, 2012 at 02:01 PM
22nd out of over 400...RDB Stand corrected. but Rscheed - as teacher supporter. Just say, Greendale pay us more...Parents know the district is falling - looks like in pay too.
Jason Patzfahl November 21, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Why would we want someone with a business background in charge of our local school system? Education is not a for-profit business - it is an investment. We are not making widgets for a profit, we are producing critical thinkers for the future - Therefore a banker or a number cruncher would be the wrong fit for a school board member since all they would look at would be the ledger.
Jason Patzfahl November 21, 2012 at 04:02 PM
I am not going to look up the salary of the administrator at my school because frankly, it really doesn't matter to me as long as my school challenges my kids and they are getting results - which they are. My kids have been in the Greendale School District for 5 years and we are very satisfied. Nothing is perfect, but I would much rather pay more in property taxes and send my kids to Greendale than pay less in taxes and send them to Greenfield of West Allis for less desirable results. We need to treat our teachers, administrators and even the ELECTED school board with the professional respect they deserve. I just wish we didn't have so much apparent bullying in the district, but when you look at the reader comments in some of the Patch articles, it's easy to see that the apple (kids) doesn't fall far from the tree (parents).
Momof2 November 30, 2012 at 01:38 AM
You may want to refer to the GreendaleNOW article two months ago showing Greendale schools' ACT test scores rivaling top private high schools (Catholic Memorial, Thomas More, Divine Savior) and only outpaced by the likes of Marquette High and Arrowhead schools - with a link to actual scores by school in the state. This is why we - and other family members - moved back to Greendale, and why more of the younger families are moving back into the "F" and "G" sections of Greendale that we know of...plus Greendale is one of the few districts to actually cut back on vouchers because educational demand is so high (unlike Franklin and Oak Creek). Remember $6200 of tax money goes PER STUDENT to each voucher schools (St Mary's Hales Corners looked into it & turned it down) and per the recent state budget plan, voucher teachers need only pass a minimal state test - not have an actual educational degree. Thank you, I'll take Greendale any day.
sr December 01, 2012 at 03:37 AM
@momof2...I know there is a lot of young families moving into the "A" "B" "C" "D" "E" "H" "L" "M" "O" "R" "S" and "T" section too...any reason I need to pay close attention to the "F" and "G" sections? Outside the "bubble" it doesn't matter what "section" you live in. And we all scratch our heads wondering where the bullying starts, don't have to look too far.
Smith Jones December 05, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Get with the times!!! If we're going to get quality leadership, we have to pay for it. Dr. Tharp has a freaking doctorate degree, is an experienced administrator and is the author of a book!!! What do you want him to do- work for $10/hr. You need to stop comparing his salary to your own without comparing his credentials to your own. We're lucky to get him and I'm glad that the Board had the sense to pay the man what he's worth so that we'll have a chance to keep him. Get a clue!!!
CowDung December 05, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Jason: Are you saying that it's a bad thing to have someone that understands finances and can understand the figures on the ledger? People with business backgrounds are usually chosen to run non-profit organizations as well...
Gene February 05, 2013 at 09:19 PM
To state it more accuratly; it's easy to see that the apple (kids) doesn't fall far from the tree (other students & school administration)

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