Abbotsford News

School district salaries released for top-paid managers

Kevin Godden -
Kevin Godden
— image credit:

The superintendent of the Abbotsford school district was the 10th highest paid in B.C. for the 2011-12 school year, according to the latest figures released by the Public Sector Employers’ Council (PSEC).

Kevin Godden’s salary and other compensation are in line with where the district falls in terms of its student population.

Abbotsford, with 19,401 students, is the ninth largest district in the province.

Godden was paid $200,155 in the previous school year, which includes his salary of about $158,000, as well as pension, benefits and other compensation, such as a monthly vehicle allowance and parking.

This compares to Surrey, with its top-ranked payout of just under $270,000.

The report indicates that Abbotsford school district secretary-treasurer Ray Velestuk was paid almost $175,000 in 2011-12, while assistant superintendents Steve Carlton, Angus Mackay and Mary-Anne Smirle were each paid between $152,000 and almost $162,000.

A review of the provincial figures shows that the size of the district doesn’t always match the size of the manager’s salary.

Although Surrey, the biggest school district in term’s of student population, paid its superintendent the most, North Vancouver – which is the 11th largest – paid the second-highest amount.

The largest total payout went to former Langley superintendent Cheryle Beaumont, who received just over $444,000, including her salary before she was fired in January 2012, as well as compensation and a $302,000 severance package.

All school districts in the province are required to provide an annual disclosure of executive compensation for those whose base salary is $125,000 or more, for the year ending June 30.

Ten largest B.C. school districts ranked by size of student population as of the 2011/12 school year (numbers from the ministry of education):

1. Surrey (69,461)

2. Vancouver (58,003)

3. Coquitlam (33,611)

4. Burnaby (25,538)

5. Richmond (22,479)

6. Central Okanagan (21,559)

7. Greater Victoria (19,877)

8. Langley (19,603)

9. Abbotsford (19,401)

10. Delta (16,352)

Top 10 districts ranked by amount paid to superintendents:

1. Surrey: $269,982

2. North Van: $245,191

3. Vancouver: $241,724

4. Greater Victoria: $236,510

5. Coquitlam: $229,208

6. Delta: $225,202

7. Richmond: $212,613

8. West Van: $210,952

9. Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows: $209,518

10. Abbotsford: $200,155

 

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

MEI grad Thiessen victorious in NHL debut
 
Election 2014: Candidate challenged over presidency label
 
Car crashes into Original Applewood Motors showroom in Langley
Police seek Surrey taxi robbery suspect
 
Spartans tame WolfPack
 
Near-perfect weekend for Junior Blaze
SRT titans to vie for playoff spot in Year 2
 
Maple Ridge golfer wins national bronze medal
 
Kodiaks take sole point in OT loss

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 22 edition online now. Browse the archives.