Editor:

Article 14, §1 of the Wyoming constitution requires the legislature to "fix the salaries" of all "school officers". School district superintendents fall within the definition of "school officers" because state law defines a school district’s “superintendent” as its "chief administrative officer" .

Article 14, §1 is the same constitutional provision that requires the legislature to set salary caps for county sheriffs, county clerks, county treasurers and county attorneys. The Wyoming legislature has set salary caps for those offices, but so far has not for school superintendents.

House Bill 83 would bring the legislature into compliance with the constitution by setting a school superintendent salary cap equal to the amount allocated under the court-imposed education funding model.

In Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon, "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average." 44 of Wyoming’s 48 school district superintendents are now paid above what the education funding model allocates, on average by 22%. School board members typically say that their superintendent is worth the extra money.

In Lake Wobegon, all the superintendents are above average.

CLARK STITH, Rock Springs, Rep. House District 48, sponsor of House Bill 83

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