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Royal Oak Superintendent Salary Incorrect in Newly Released Statewide Database

An official from The Mackinac Center said he has been fielding calls from other superintendents claiming errors in their salary figures.

In an email to Royal Oak Schools Sunday, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy said it will be updating the superintendent salary it has for Shawn Lewis-Latkin in its new statewide database.

The database released last week, compares the salaries and total compensation packages for all superintendents in the state. Lewis-Latkin, who is at the helm of Royal Oak Schools, was listed as having  for the 2011-12 school year.

But that figure should be $3,452 lower, because the wrong insurance numbers were used, according to Rick West, exeuctive director for business and finance for the school district. His total compensation should be $216,980, West told the center.

"We'll get it updated," Michael Van Beek, director of education policy at the Mackinac Center said in an email to West Sunday.

Royal Oak's figures aren't the only ones that may be inaccurate.

The center's figures show Utica Community Schools' superintendent as being the highest compensated in the state with a package of $300,789. But the Kalamazoo Gazette said that distinction might actually go to its superintendent, who has a total package worth $344,667 in 2012.

MLive reported Van Beek said he’s received several phone calls from superintendents saying certain information is not correct.

Mike Reno February 25, 2013 at 01:08 AM
Ahhhh... It' ONLY $217K. For a minute there some of us thought it was excessive at $220K. Whew.

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