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Comparing compensation: Raise for Canyons superintendent outpaces other district chiefs

Published: Thursday, June 21 2012 7:44 p.m. MDT

• Jordan, Canyons neighboring district, pays superintendent Patrice Johnson the same base salary as Doty — $185,000. She does not receive a bonus and the benefits package is $20,000 less than the Canyons superintendent.

• On the state level, Leslie Castle, a member of the State Board of Education, said the only pay increases Shumway has received since being named state superintendent in 2009 have been cost of living increases approved for public employees by the state Legislature. He makes a base salary of $158,156 and total compensation of $251,103.

The Deseret News has repeatedly attempted to contact Doty to discuss his management style and, most recently, his compensation package. He has refused through his representatives to make himself available to answer questions.

Ross Rogers, an elementary education technology specialist and president of the Canyons Education Association, said the association does not comment on superintendent salaries, but said he has received phone calls from teachers expressing concern over Doty's raise.

"That is between the school board and the superintendent," Rogers said. "If (teachers) have an issue, they should take it up with the school board."

Some teachers and administrators said they fear retribution if they speak out, part of the ongoing controversy in the district that erupted earlier this year.  A petition calling for an investigation into Doty's managerial style was recently presented to the school board with more than 1,000 signatures.

Board member Kevin Cromar referred to the criticism by the district employees during the meeting to announce Doty's raise and bonus, and said the allegations were not enough to warrant not renewing Doty's contract.

"I have serious concerns about the professional treatment of our employees," Cromar said. "I still have concerns and we'll look for improvement in the area of interpersonal conduct." The board has not taken any action on the petition.

Since 2011, the Canyons School District has seen budget cuts of more than $15 million, according to documents provided by business administrator Keith Bradford. Those cuts have been managed without layoffs, Bradford said, by allowing vacated positions to remain unfilled, reducing administrative travel, eliminating professional development days and, in 2011, mandating five furlough days for all district staff.

"Luckily, we've been able to do that without affecting class sizes," Bradford said.

Canyons School Board President Tracy Cowdell did not respond to requests for comment. In an email, board member Kim Horiuchi declined to comment on the size of Doty's raise or why he was given a bonus, but expressed appreciation for Doty's accomplishments as superintendent since the district's creation.

"I, for one, am proud to have Dr. Doty at the helm of the Canyons district team," Horiuchi said. "He has my full and unequivocal support."

E-mail: benwood@desnews.com

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