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Superintendents react to governor's proposal on salary cap

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School superintendents may soon be faced with a salary cap. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Monday that he's planning to submit the legislation soon. Our Erin Connolly joins us from the Superintendents' Winter Conference with more on their reaction to the governor's proposal.

COLONIE, N.Y. -- School superintendents from across the state gathered at the Desmond in Colonie on Monday to discuss some of the cuts their districts could be facing as New York deals with a massive budget deficit.

One proposal that would affect superintendents directly is Governor Cuomo's plan to cap superintendents' salaries. He's expected to make the proposal this week as part of a plan to save $15 million.

The proposed cap would kick in for individual superintendents when their current contracts expire. The amount would be based on the size of the district. The cap would be $175,000 a year for larger districts and $125,000 for smaller ones.

Superintendents we spoke to said they're earning every penny they're making.

"I put 150 percent of my job, my time, my effort into my job, and I don't apologize for that because I was hired to do that, and quite frankly I think should be appropriately compensated for that," said Shenendehowa School District Superintendent Dr. Oliver Robinson.

"for the most part we don't do this for money," said Watervliet City School District Superintendent. Dr. Paul Padalino. "We do do it for the appreciation of our community and the state, things that we do every day for students. So that's really why we're here. I think it's our job to make sure that the government, the state and our community understand our value and understand the differences we make for students everyday."

Nearly a third of the state's school superintendents make more than $170,000 a year. The highest salary is $386,000 a year for a district on Long Island.

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