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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. 

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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