Troy Superintendent Fowler Among Top Paid in Michigan

A new Mackinac Center for Public Policy database shows her total compensation, including salary, benefits and deferred payments, totals more than $273,000.

While her salary ranks a bit higher, Troy School District Superintendent Dr. Barbara Fowler's total compensation package from the district makes her the seventh-highest paid top administrator in Michigan. 

According to a searchable database compiled by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Fowler is paid a salary of $204,793, the state's fourth-highest.

Fowler's $273,615 compensation package includes more than $57,000 in deferred compensation, split between pension and annuity, according to the database. According to budget transparency figures provided on the district's website, her salary in calendar year 2011 was $215,093 and her total compensation was $291,632.

Troy schools has the state's 16th highest enrollment, with more than 12,100 students. The second-largest district, Utica Community Schools, has the state's top paid superintendent, with a total compensation package of more than $300,000. 

How do Troy schools compare with others nearby?

School district Enrollment Compensation Utica 29,541 $300,789 Troy 12,125 $273,615 Warren Con. 15,947 $271,122 Bloomfield Hills 5,459 $259,763 Birmingham 8,256 $253,396 Rochester 14,949 $235,679 Royal Oak 5,322 $220,432

The Mackinac Center database includes information on all 606 Michigan districts, including those under an emergency manager and those that have no superintendent. 

Xenie Dungjen February 22, 2013 at 12:24 PM
So, she makes more than the police chief????!!!! Are you flipping kidding me, Troy where are your priorities and your brains????!!!! This is so backwards it is sick!!!!!!!
John February 22, 2013 at 12:33 PM
The best part of all this is the internal misleading going on. She never took the pay cut that shows on paper. The administration bloated the annuity for this year so in actuality she made exactly what she did last year. It was a numbers game central office played to hide the fact they never actually took the pay cuts. It only looked like they did......She is a piece of work and so are all the school board members. While staff, teachers and administrators take cuts this woman keeps raking it it. Far as the police chief goes he is just as overpaid in his own right......whole city is a mess but nobody wants to make the necessary changes or can challenge the internal machine.
John February 22, 2013 at 12:37 PM
Agree with your post up to the point of the police chief.....He is over paid in his own right....just think Dane Slater could be mayor. Now would that not be interesting. A man who reportedly refused to take a lie detector test on the missing $40,000 in drug money but now wants to represent the city.....my as well invite Kwayme to run for mayor in Troy. Be about the same result.
Total Health February 22, 2013 at 12:52 PM
As far as Im concerned, these salaries are absured. Total compensation should be no more than $150,000... and maybe throw in a car - and not an expensive car. And we wonder why our taxes are so high??? I checked out the taxes in other states and they pay 1/3 what we do.. Not saying we should cut that low, but these salaries are ridiculous!
Dale Murrish February 22, 2013 at 04:30 PM
What’s more, the retirement benefits for government school administrators and teachers are way better than anything those of us in the private sector can get. I don’t blame administrators and teachers for taking the benefits they are entitled to. Shame on us, the taxpayers, for agreeing to it. We all want the best education for our kids, but our current overspending is contributing to the impending bankruptcy of our country and the debt load we are passing on to the next generation. We can’t all work for the government. Someone has to pay the bills. It shouldn’t be our kids and grandkids, yet to be born.
K. Niner February 22, 2013 at 05:37 PM
It's all about supply and demand. Apparently, there is more of a supply of people that can be a qualified Police Chief than a qualified superintendent, or there is more demand for a good superintendent.
Chris P. February 22, 2013 at 10:46 PM
This report should include how much money the top donors to the Mackinac Center for Public Policy make, and the motives of those donors. Also, quibble with their salaries if you'd like ... but Troy and Utica Schools are outstanding. And our Police Chief earns every dime he makes for Troy's admirable safe city ranking. A solid return on every tax dollar spent. If you're going to compare salaries to other states, you must also include additional metrics (text scores, etc.) for a complete picture. Leading in an era of money grabs by the state and extremist political scrutiny all while meeting the rigors of out-of-control standardized test mania is a significant task. Don't criticize until you take a walk in her shoes and understand the challenge of the position.
Sharina Dajnowicz February 23, 2013 at 02:04 AM
Well said Zolton Zizzo and Chris P.
Amy Keys February 23, 2013 at 03:13 AM
The Mackinac Center for Public Policy is a facade for GOP Conservatives. Do some research on Michael Van Beek, Director of Education Policy. Easy to find that he was a teacher in a FAILED charter school with only a handful of students in each class. Pales in comparison to the thirty plus students public teachers have in their classrooms. The Mackinac center is an agenda, plain and simple with no merit whatsoever. Again, do your research. Regarding the Superintendent pay... it's an obscene amount of money to spend on ONE administrative position. And people think teachers are overpaid!!! Any teacher could easily do her job...easily! Do you know how Troy Schools became such a great distrcit? I do. The Teacher's Union! Teachers in Troy have fought long and hard for pay, classroom sizes, classroom resources, etc... Be informed. Do your homework. All of this information is free to the public, and if denied, the Freedom of Information Act is our (U.S. citizens) right.
Dale Murrish February 23, 2013 at 01:10 PM
Salary data is “regurgitated garbage” from “right-wing liars”? Because you disagree with their analysis on other policy issues, the Mackinaw Center for Public Policy is an unreliable source for school administrators’ salary data?? Thanks for the compliment, Zoltan. The Mackinaw Center has been involved in politics a lot longer than I have – I agree with many of their free-market economic growth opinions. We need more private sector growth and less government growth. Not surprising that your “independent study” used a lot of words to find fault with Mackinaw Center opinions. No doubt the greatlakescenter is a left-leaning organization. They probably ignore all the conservative data themselves while taking a “balanced” approach to revenue generation (Democrat-speak for tax increases and government growth). So what? Political opinions are like noses; everyone’s got one, and they’re all different. I’m glad the Patch is airing both sides of issues lately. Their private sector business model thrives on eyeballs and controversy.
Daffy Noodnicks February 23, 2013 at 02:11 PM
No doubt they are "left-leaning" because they said something Dale didn't want to hear.
Dan February 23, 2013 at 02:57 PM
First, Troy's tax millage is second lowest. Check out the recent financial report. Second, if you don't want to pay for quality stuff, then move your butt East of Dequinder.
Greta Gubbins February 23, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Dan, well said. If you don't like spending your money on quality safety and schools---move.
cookiepro2 February 23, 2013 at 08:19 PM
In the above article, it looks like Supt. Fowler's compensation is in-line with other suburban school districts. Maybe as a whole it seems that those at the top are being paid more than the job would merit, but look at what top CEO's in the private sector make, that is truly obscene. The compensation package for the CEO of the supposedly non-profit, tax-exempt BCBS of Michigan for 2011 was $3.27 million, for example. Sorry, but I can't get terribly excited over Ms. Fowler or the Police Chief's salaries especially given the high level of service that I can personally see in these areas in Troy.
Amy Keys February 27, 2013 at 02:37 AM
The Troy School District has adopted a 'schools of choice' option. Therefore, moving has absolutely nothing to do with quality of safety and/or schools.


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