Alberta Education Minister David Eggen announced a review of salaries paid to school superintendents. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Alberta reviews school superintendent pay amid concerns of high salaries

EDMONTON — Alberta’s education minister has begun a review of salaries paid to school superintendents.

David Eggen says there is a wide gap among contracts and he is concerned some superintendents are being paid too little and some are getting too much.

Last month, the Alberta School Boards Association reported that pay for superintendents rose 10 per cent over five years and is slightly higher on average than other provinces.

Eggen says he wants the review done as quickly as possible and he will not be approving any new superintendent contracts in the meantime.

That includes not signing off on a $430,000 annual package for Alberta’s highest-paid superintendent — Joan Carr of the Edmonton Catholic School Board.

Barry Litun of the College of Alberta School Superintendents says it’s problematic to have contracts being held in limbo and he wants to work with Eggen on the review.

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