How about Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Superintendent Stephen Murley requesting a salary freeze for himself in light of the current pressure on the general fund budget? There is local precedent for such an action. On June 11, 2009, the Press-Citizen reported that [former] ICCSD Superintendent Lane Plugge “requested a salary freeze for all school administrators, including himself.” Superintendent Murley should take a leaf out of former Superintendent Plugge’s playbook and do the same. Plugge’s request for a salary freeze followed an unusual transfer of $4,987,646 from ICCSD’s general fund to its capital improvements fund in fiscal year 2007-2008 and subsequent budget cuts along with a decision to close Roosevelt Elementary.
I would not freeze the salaries of principals and their assistants. As one of my high school children said, his principal should get a raise because he works so much (and it is true—I see my children’s junior high and high school principals at every school related event, including events taking place after the school day has ended).
From a big picture standpoint, a district superintendent voluntarily freezing his salary would not make a huge impact on the budget; however, it would be a show of leadership. If Murley does not voluntarily request that his current salary be frozen, the school board should demand it.