Pay raises for Groveport Madison superintendent and treasurer

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By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

The Groveport Madison Board of Education approved salary increases for the district’s superintendent and treasurer.

Groveport Madison Communications Director Jeff Warner said the step was taken to adjust the superintendent’s and treasurer’s pay to meet the district’s adjusted administrative salary schedule. The action came after a private company conducted a salary study comparing Groveport Madison’s administrative salaries with those at schools of similar size and demographics.

“It brings the salaries into alignment with other similar school districts,” said Warner. “Our administrators were at the bottom countywide according to the salary study. Our superintendent was the lowest paid superintendent in the county.”

Superintendent Garilee Ogden’s current salary was $148,881. Under the contract, her new annual base salary is effective as follows – as of Aug. 1, 2021: $160,000; as of Aug. 1, 2022: $164,000; as of Aug. 1, 2023: $168,000.

Treasurer Felicia Drummey’s current salary was $130,000. Under the contract, her new annual base salary is effective as follows – Aug. 1, 2020: $130,000; as of Jan. 1, 2021: $134,000; as of Aug. 1, 2021: $138,000; as of Aug. 1, 2022: $141,450.

“School district superintendents and treasurers have big jobs and work long hours,” said Warner. “Nationwide there is a shortage of qualified candidates for superintendent and treasurer jobs. There’s not a natural career conduit for people to flow into a school treasurer position. There’s also been a lot retirements nationally among superintendents and treasurers, which contributes to the shortage of available qualified people.”

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