It’s no surprise the Brandon School Division’s top earner in 2013 was the superintendent.
Donna Michaels topped the division’s six-figure list at $159,177.34 for the year ending Dec. 31, 2013.
The Sun recently obtained a copy of BSD’s annual 14-page compensation disclosure report, which lists all employees who made $50,000 or more — a requirement under Manitoba’s Public Sector Compensation Disclosure Act.
This year, the City of Brandon posted its 2013 compensation report online and also added previous years for comparison purposes.
There is no requirement for school divisions to post salaries online, but they can be accessed upon request, according to a school division spokesperson.
"BSD is only required to disclose the compensation of individuals earning $50,000 or more," division secretary-treasurer Denis Labossiere told the Sun via email. "The totals include all overtime, salary/wage adjustments, vacation, retirement or severance payments, taxable benefits, etc."
Among the 653 employees listed on the report, 228 earned more than $80,000, while 54 earned more than $90,000, and 28 earned more than $100,000.
Top earners included associate superintendent Greg Malazdrewicz ($143,537.56), École secondaire Neelin High School principal Michael Adamski ($126,693.42), École New Era School principal Chad Cobbe ($125,798.38) and Crocus Plains Regional Secondary School principal Mathew Gustafson ($122,644.08).
Teachers made up the bulk of the list, with the majority — 224, to be exact — earning between $70,000 and $80,000, with 38 teachers earning more than $87,000.
As for the division’s nine school board trustees, $134,820.74 was divided up among them. School board chair Mark Sefton earned $17,772.02, vice-chair Jim Murray $15,863.50, with the rest of the trustees earning between $14,241.46 to $14,670.46.
According to BSD’s website, as of June 7, 2013, the division employed 24 elementary school principals and vice-principals, 426 elementary school teachers, 10 high school principals and vice-principals, and 201 high school teachers.
Other staff included 441 support staff, four senior administration members, 25 clinicians and 12 specialists.
"Our benefit packages are pretty in line with the rest of the province," Brandon Teachers’ Association president Alison Johnston said. "We want to be able to attract the most competent people for positions and the way that you do that is through salary and benefits."
The BTA’s four-year collective agreement expired on June 30, but negotiations likely won’t begin until after trustee elections on Oct. 22, Johnston said.
The BTA’s last agreement called for a pair of 1.5 per cent salary increases in the first year and a two per cent increase in each of the next two.
In an earlier interview with the Sun, Johnston said they plan to negotiate another salary increase this year.
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