Charles Temple, professor of education, was quoted in the July 6 Finger Lakes Times story ‘Super’ salaries; School chiefs defend pay amid public complaints”. According to the article, there is discontent in the local area over superintendents making large salaries. Superintendents in the Finger Lakes region make more money than most public employees; they receive more than state Assemblymen and senators, and county sheriffs and police chiefs, and make the same or just less than county judges. Their incomes rank ahead of most local professionals. They earn far less than heads of local industries.
“It’s the law of supply and demand,” said Temple. “The problem is the market is statewide. You get away with paying a bit lower in a rural area, but not much. And in rural areas, the salaries seem a lot bigger.” Temple's wife used to make $65 a month as a high school principal in Rumania.