LPOSD Salary Excesses
If you’re wondering why LPOSD levies are getting higher all the time, it’s mostly the salaries.
Superintendent Woodward admits that they make up about 84% of the budget and in the upcoming March levy represent a $7 million increase. But he said he and CFO Lisa Hals will not be taking a pay increase this year. (I wonder of that means they won’t be taking their yearly bonus?)
That’s a relief, because his salary has gone up more than 35% since he was hired in 2012. Based on his monthly payroll, he makes $173,910 a year. That puts him in the top four of superintendent salaries in the entire state and exceeds the Governor’s salary by about $35,000. Meanwhile, LPOSD enrollment numbers place it 22nd among Idaho school districts.
CFO Hals’s monthly salary of $12,037 works out to $144,444 a year for managing LPOSD’s budget of $34.9 million, which includes providing justification for the recurring levies. She has received a nearly 40% raise since 2011, the year when payroll records became available on LPOSD’s website. Her salary tops that of the Idaho State Controller’s by about $20,000, and he manages a $3.4 billion budget for the entire state.
A number of other LPOSD administrators are over or very near the six-figure salary mark as well. In a modest-size school district in a county where the median income is in the 30,000s, these salaries are excessive. Especially since the levy would raise them some more.
Please send a message to LPOSD by voting against this levy on March 12.
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